Rosa Parks: Civil Rights Activist

Rosa Parks: Civil Rights Activist

by Chuck Bednar


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On December 1, 1955, 42-year-old Rosa Parks became the "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement" in America by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. On that day, Rosa, of mixed African-American, Muscogee Indian, and Scots-Irish ancestry, helped launch one of the most important movements of the 20th century.

Born Rosa Louise McCauley in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1913, Rosa attended the Montgomery Industrial School for Girls at the age of 11. Thanks in part to the education she received there, Rosa went from small-town seamstress to the driving force behind the Montgomery Bus Boycotts. A true biracial achiever, Rosa was honored with both a Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal prior to her death in 2005. Her story of trials, tribulations, and success inspires all readers with her strength and courage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781422216293
Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date: 09/28/2009
Series: Transcending Race in America Series
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

Table of Contents

Introductory Quotations Barack Obama 7

1 Standing up by Sitting Down 8

2 African-American Oppression 14

3 The Mother of Civil Rights 22

4 Boycotts, Trials, and Victories 30

5 A Timeless Legacy 44

Chronology 56

Accomplishments & Awards 58

Glossary 60

Further Reading & Internet Resources 61

Index 62

Picture Credits 64

About the Author 64

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