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Rosa Parks was a civil rights activist who became famous for her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus in 1955. Here are some key points about Rosa Parks and her actions in 1955:
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was riding a bus home from work when the bus driver asked her to give up her seat to a white passenger. She refused, saying she was tired and her feet hurt.
This was a violation of Montgomery’s segregation laws, which required black passengers to give up their seats to white passengers if the white section was full.
The bus driver called the police, and Parks was arrested and charged with violating segregation laws.
Parks’ arrest led to a boycott of the Montgomery bus system by African Americans, led by a young minister named Martin Luther King Jr.
The boycott lasted for over a year, during which time the Supreme Court declared Montgomery’s segregation laws unconstitutional.
Parks’ act of resistance became an important symbol of the Civil Rights Movement, and she is often called the “mother of the Civil Rights Movement.”
Parks continued to be an activist throughout her life, working for social justice and racial equality. She received numerous awards and honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.
1 Rosa Parks Statue Unveiled By President Obama
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As you know, I enjoy sharing inspirational quotes with you, from all kinds of different sources. I had originally planned, this week, to feature quotes from Rosa Parks, and may yet, at a later time.
For now, the quote which comes to mind is something I heard Deepak Chopra say, as part of an introduction, before he conducted an interview with Rosa Parks. He remembered, as a boy, growing up in India, one morning his father burst into the dining room during breakfast, clutching a newspaper. His father’s short, simple statement was something which stayed with him, and I’m sure greatly influenced him: “There’s a new Gandhi! In the United States!” The newspaper carried the story we have all come to know … about quiet strength … resolve … and peaceful demonstration …
I am proud that one of my favorite posts, and still one of the most viewed, is the “Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Quote Collection” we featured back on January 21, 2013. Here’s a link to that post:
Our sharing of the book “Martin’s Big Words” (which will be right under the “Quotes” post if you go there) is still our most watched video here on our YouTube Channel.
In researching the Rosa Parks story, as I wanted to do a special lesson at school about Rosa Parks, I read many books, and viewed countless videos. I’d like to share my favorite two of those videos with you today. I also used the moment to teach what a “biography” is. I explained that I love to read biographies because I want to read about great people who have done great things … because it inspires me …encourages me … to try to do great things. I am proud that “my kids” know who Rosa Parks is, and who Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. is. What they did … and, why they did it. I think I am just as proud to know that for myself.
The first video is a clip from the movie, “The Rosa Parks Story.” “The Rosa Parks Story” aired on CBS Television on February 24, 2002. Please note this movie is still available for purchase today on Amazon, etc. The script was written by Paris Qualles, and the movie was directed by Julie Dash. Angela Bassett performed a remarkable portrayal of Rosa Parks. You may also recall that Cicely Tyson played Rosa’s mother. This is one of the most dramatic moments I’ve experienced from the screen. I wasn’t sure if I should feature this, “The Arrest Scene,” but I got my answer today. I saw elementary students held, motionless, in awe of what they were watching. They are too young to understand all of the story … but, as the scene developed … I heard children, quietly, gasping … “Get up, Rosa … Rosa, stand up …” Again, all they knew was that they were drawn to this “Rosa Parks,” and, in their innocent, loving way … they didn’t want to see her get into trouble …
In explaining the benefits of a biography, I explained how, when reading (or viewing a biography, as a movie or documentary can also be a biography) we stand in the subject’s shoes, in their place … we find ourselves experiencing what they experienced … we feel what they are feeling … Can you imagine being on that bus … in December, 1955?
Here we are able to “get on that bus” with Rosa Parks, in the “Arrest Scene” from “The Rosa Parks Story”
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Watch, listen and read aloud to learn about America’s “First Lady of Civil Rights.” Rosa Parks was an extraordinary citizen who changed the world. Written by Brad Meltzer with illustrations by Christopher Eliopoulos. Read Aloud for Children read by Mrs. Clark.
17 The Incredible Story Of Rosa Parks | Civil Rights Movement | Absolute History
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Learn about the life of civil rights activist Rosa Parks— her work with the NAACP, bus boycotts, and her lifelong fight against racial inequality.
Throughout her life, Rosa Parks repeatedly challenged racial violence and the prejudiced systems protecting its perpetrators. Her refusal to move to the back of a segregated bus ignited a boycott that lasted 381 days and helped transform civil rights activism into a national movement. But this work came at an enormous risk— and a personal price. Riché D. Richardson details the life of Rosa Parks.
Lesson by Riché D. Richardson, directed by Eido.
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19 The real story of Rosa Parks — and why we need to confront myths about black history | David Ikard
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Black history taught in US schools is often watered-down, riddled with inaccuracies and stripped of its context and rich, full-bodied historical figures. Equipped with the real story of Rosa Parks, professor David Ikard highlights how making the realities of race more benign and digestible harms us all — and emphasizes the power and importance of historical accuracy.
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Sir Mo Farah
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