Rosa Parks: Courageous Citizen (Sterling Biographies Series)

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She just wouldn’t get up—and with that simple, courageous act Rosa Parks struck a blow against injustice. Parks showed what one person, without guns or violence, could do to change the course of history forever. Nelson Mandela claimed “she is who inspired us…to be fearless when facing our oppressors.” As a volunteer secretary for the NAACP, Parks chronicled racial injustices and fought for desegregation. Then, on December 1, 1955, she made a stand on a Montgomery, Alabama bus: she refused to relinquish her seat ...
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Overview

She just wouldn’t get up—and with that simple, courageous act Rosa Parks struck a blow against injustice. Parks showed what one person, without guns or violence, could do to change the course of history forever. Nelson Mandela claimed “she is who inspired us…to be fearless when facing our oppressors.” As a volunteer secretary for the NAACP, Parks chronicled racial injustices and fought for desegregation. Then, on December 1, 1955, she made a stand on a Montgomery, Alabama bus: she refused to relinquish her seat for a white man. Her arrest mobilized the black community for a citywide bus boycott that led to a landmark Supreme Court decision. Award-winning author Ruth Ashby beautifully conveys Park’s dignity and determination.
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Children's Literature - Megen Shields
"I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in." Rosa Parks proved that a courageous act could make an undeniable difference. From the beginning of her life, she fought back against racial discrimination. This culminated in the historic December night when Rosa took a stand and refused to give up her sit in the "white" section of the bus. The political context goes far beyond this well-known bus incident. Many of these events are detailed throughout the text. She started school, left school to care for her grandmother, married Raymond Parks, earned her high school diploma, joined the NAACP, passed a required literacy test, registered to vote, and took workshops at Highlander Folk School on how to implement desegregation. All of these events empowered her to stay in her seat on December 1, 1955. Abundant sidebars define the important events. In addition, the photographs, timeline and colorful text features provide a glimpse of the other significant people and events of that time. This biography takes you through a civil rights event that started on a bus and the affects it continues to have today. Reviewer: Megen Shields
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402748653
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 2/5/2008
  • Series: Sterling Biographies Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 230,042
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: NC1110L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: One Courageous Act     1
Down Home in Alabama     2
Welcome to Montgomery     11
Finding a Cause     22
Separate but Not Yet Equal     33
A Renewed Spirit     44
Tired of Giving In     52
Start of the Civil Rights Movement     63
The Walking City     76
New Directions     90
A Time for Change and Sorrow     100
Mother of the Civil Rights Movement     111
Glossary     120
Bibliography     121
Image Credits     122
About the Author     122
Index     123
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    Rosa Parks

    That she had to get up and let the white men sit there cause white couldn't be standing. So Rosa Parks didn't want to get up and the bus driver told to get and she said no so the bus driver called the polcies and they arrested her and took her to jail. She called her husband and her parent and they were so wored that she can get killed for not listening to the rules.

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