Say Burgin is a Lecturer in American History at the University of Leeds, where she also directs the MA Race & Resistance. Her teaching and research interests lie with race and social movements in the US since the late 19th century, specifically the black freedom and women's liberation movements. She's currently working on a monograph about the myth of white ejection from the Black Power movement. Contact: or @sayburgin.

Listening to Rosa Parks

If all of us who are students of the black freedom struggle listen to rather than simply about Rosa Parks, writes Say Burgin, we stand to gain a much more profound understanding of racial justice, of why Parks would be a staunch supporter of Black Lives Matter today, and of why she told a group of Spelman students in 1985, ‘don’t give up and don’t say the movement is dead.’ Continue reading