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Moment of Truth

When Rosa Parks was growing up in Montgomery, Alabama, she hated the unfair rules that black people had to live by — like drinking out of special water fountains and riding in the back of the bus. Years later, Rosa Parks changed the lives of African American in Montgomery — and all across America — with one courageous act.
On a December evening in 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. She was ...

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Overview

Moment of Truth

When Rosa Parks was growing up in Montgomery, Alabama, she hated the unfair rules that black people had to live by — like drinking out of special water fountains and riding in the back of the bus. Years later, Rosa Parks changed the lives of African American in Montgomery — and all across America — with one courageous act.
On a December evening in 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. She was arrested and put in jail. But Rosa Parks fought back, along with many other African Americans. After a long struggle, their heroic efforts launched the modern Civil Rights Movement. How could one quiet, gentle woman have started it all? This is her story.

A biography of a woman whose actions led to the desegregation of buses in Montgomery, Alabama, in the 1960s and who was an important figure in the early days of the civil rights movement.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
A chapter book for young readers, Rosa Parks is a kind of primer for the Civil Rights Movement, explaining both the Jim Crow laws of a South in the 1950's, and Mrs. Parks's quiet, stubborn role in changing them. It is simply and effectively written.
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
A picture book biography. The book shows Ms. Parks' quiet girlhood under Jim Crow laws and the moment she was catapulted into history by her refusal to bow to an injustice. The book also chronicles the outcome of her act; the NAACP rallying to protest, the death threats, the bombing of protesters' homes, the arrests, the spreading of the protest to other cities. Greenfield ends by calling Parks "the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064420259
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Series: Trophy Chapter Book Series
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 638,273
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Eloise Greenfield is the author of an illustrious list of books for young people, including The Friendly Four, a Texas 2x2 Reading List book; In the Land of Words, an NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts; and How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea, winner of a Bank Street Children's Book Award—all illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. She is a recipient of the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award; the Coretta Scott King Author Award; the Award of Excellence from the Washington, D.C., branch of the National Writing Project; the Milner Award; the Hope S. Dean Award from the Foundation for Children's Literature; and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Ms. Greenfield lives in Washington, D.C.

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Chapter One

Rosa was not afraid, although the white boy was near his mother. When he pushed her, Rosa pushed him back.

"Why did you put your hands on my child?" the mother asked.

"Because he pushed me," Rosa said.

"Don't you know that I could have you put in jail?" the mother asked.

Rosa answered, I don't want to be pushed by your son or anyone else."

And she walked on.

That was in Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, where Rosa lived. She was a child then, and not many people knew her. But after she grew up, everyone in Montgomery and people all over the United States and, the world would know about Rosa Parks.

Rosa Parks. Copyright © by Eloise Greenfield. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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