Surfing the Net with Kids: Rosa Parks

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December 5, 2001

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Rosa Parks

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On December 1, 1955, African-American Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give her
bus seat to a white passenger. One year later, on December 20, 1956, the U.S. Supreme Court
declared segregated bus seating illegal. During that year, the forty-two year old Montgomery
seamstress lead a peaceful bus boycott that became a model for other civil rights protests.

Girl Power:
Rosa Parks


This single page Rosa Parks feature is published by Girl Power, a public education campaign
of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help encourage nine to
fourteen-year-old girls to make the most of their lives. Learn how Parks became “Mother of the
Civil Rights Movement” and how she is still fighting the good fight against prejudice and

Bus Boycott


High-school student Lee Schneider (from Stoughton High School in Massachusetts) created
this great Montgomery Bus Boycott slide-show as part of his larger Civil Rights Web site. I like
it because each page is illustrated with photos, but I wish Schneider had credited the source of his
pictures. At the end of the slide show, you’ll have a chance to return to front page, and peruse
“Preconditions to Racial Change,” “Brown vs. Board of Education,” and “Malcolm X.”

My Story: Rosa Parks


My pick of the day is the Rosa Parks chapter of Scholastic’s online exhibit “Culture &
Change: Black History in America.” It is the most comprehensive of today’s sites and includes a
Parks interview and in-depth coverage of the bus boycott and the 1956 Supreme Court ruling
that declared Montgomery’s segregation laws unconstitutional. How would you feel in Park’s
shoes? Submit your essay for possible online publication (look for the orange Online Publishing
button) and read comments from other kids (the link to Read Kids’ Writing is only on the
submission page.)

Teachers Packet: Riding
the Bus – Taking a Stand


Although this collection of lesson plans from the Alabama Department of Archives and
History is targeted at teachers, the information and primary sources it contains are valuable for
anyone wanting to understand the history of the civil rights movement. The best clicks (after
following the link to Riding the Bus) are the original scanned documents. These include a page
from the Montgomery City Code (Section 10: Segregation of Races Required) and half a dozen
newspaper articles. Don’t miss “Integrated Bus Suggestions” co-authored by Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. and distributed after the Supreme Court ruling by the Montgomery Improvement

Time 100:
Rosa Parks


Time Magazine names Rosa Parks as one of the “Heroes and Icons” of the twentieth century.
The story told here about her historic Montgomery bus ride reveals a bit of behind-the-scenes
politics that is rarely told. Parks was not the first Montgomery black to be arrested for refusing to
cede a bus seat to a white rider; she was the third. It was Parks’ beyond-reproach standing in the
community (she was married and employed) and her political savvy (she was involved with the
local N.A.A.C.P.) that made her case the perfect one to test the legality of Montgomery’s bus

Surfing the Calendar

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Dec 17, 1903
Slavery abolished by 13th Amendment
Dec 18, 1865
Anniversary of Establishment of Poet Laureate
Dec 20, 1985
Anniversary of First Crossword Puzzle
Dec 21, 1913


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