December 1 is the anniversary of the day in 1955 when Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus. Four days later, on December 5, 1955, supporters of the Civil Rights Movement began a thirteen-month boycott against Montgomery, Alabama’s bus system, protesting its policies of racial segregation. The boycott was lead by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and was triggered by Parks, who days earlier had been arrested for refusing to make room for a white passenger.
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Rosa Parks Printable(** for Premium Members only)
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.
Academy of Achievement: Rosa Parks Profile
Get face-to-face with Rosa Parks in my pick-of-the-day site from the Academy of Achievement. The biography and photo gallery are both excellent, but my favorite clicks are the Parks interview (available in text, audio or video) and the Black History Month lesson plans (look in the left-hand column under Teachers.) You’ll find plenty of other heroes to browse while you are here. Look for the list of Academy of Achievement honorees that are related to Parks, and further down the sidebar you’ll see a list of the most popular.
Montgomery Bus Boycott: The Story of Rosa Parks
In the months before Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white man, several other black women had also been arrested for similar incidents. Why was it Park’s refusal that lead to the Montgomery bus boycott? Learn more about the boycott and its place in the civil rights movement in this online special published by the Montgomery Advertiser newspaper. Best click is the interactive timeline (covering 1954 to 1957) with embedded video clips.
Parks Institute: Rosa Louise Parks Biography
“Mrs. Parks was born Rosa Louise McCauley, February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She was the first child of James and Leona Edwards McCauley.” In 1987, Parks established The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute to carry on her work encouraging youth to “reach their highest potential.” Visit the Institute web page for her biography, a timeline of her life, and to learn about the Pathways to Freedom program that teaches the history of American civil rights.
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Quote of the Week
“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.” ~~ Jesse Jackson ~~ (born October 8, 1941) American civil rights activist and Baptist minister. Click this link to read more quotes about attitude.
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