Rosa Parks' niece shares insights about the civil rights icon in book

Mike Dougherty
February 28, 2019 - 4:07 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A kitchen in Willingboro, New Jersey, is where Rosa Parks told stories to her niece, Sheila McCauley Keys.

Since then, McCauley Keys has written a book about her aunt and civil rights icon. 

"My aunt was a community activist from an early age," she said. "She didn't just appear on that bus one day."

The author of "Our Auntie Rosa" visited Valley Day School in Morrisville to share insights on the woman who's part of the fabric of America. She wanted to instill in the kids that they too can make a difference — even at this early age.

"You have that fire, too. You have that fire that Rosa Parks had," she added.

Student Kiana Webb has made it her mission to learn everything she could about Parks. To say she was a little star-struck meeting a family member would be quite an understatement.

"It's like meeting a famous person for the first time," she said. "You don't know what to say. You want to say the right thing. You don't want to be rude."