Who Was Rosa Parks? by Yona Zeldis McDonoughI love reading the Who Was... and What Was… books, even as an adult. This story was really interesting and I learned about some people, who I had heard of before, but did not know their complete connection to the civil rights movement.
I was very glad this book talked about Claudette Colvin. She was the first person to not give up her seat on a bus and was beaten and sent to jail for it. Many books about the civil rights period do not talk about her, so it was refreshing to read this one. The reason that she was not the face of the civil rights bus movement was because she was a 15-old-girl that was pregnant. Nixon, who was helping with the civil rights movement, thought Rosa would be a much better fit. (Learning about Nixon was new information for me). Nixon went around to all the black churches and encouraged them to tell their members to not ride the busses anymore until the movement is over.
Another person I learned about was Eleanor Roosevelt. I had no idea that she was involved in the civil rights movement.
And lastly, I have read a ton of books on Rosa Parks (most picture books, because Im a teacher) so I didnt learn a lot of new information on her. However, I did find it fascinating that she didnt 100% agree with the movement that Martin Luther King Jr. was doing. He believed in absolutely no violence, but Rosa herself believed that black people should be able to stand up for themselves. She agreed with Malcolm Xs way (some violence is necessary) over Kings. I also learned that after the civil rights bus movement she moved to Detroit, because no one would hire her and her husband. She stayed in Detroit till she passed away and was buried there.
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20 Facts About Rosa Parks
Parks was not the first African-American woman to be arrested for refusing to yield her seat on a Montgomery bus. Nine months before Parks was jailed, year-old Claudette Colvin was the first Montgomery bus passenger to be arrested for refusing to give up her seat for a white passenger. Parks was involved in raising defense funds for Colvin. The four were plaintiffs in the Browder v. Gayle case that resulted in the Supreme Court ruling bus segregation unconstitutional.
Rosa Parks was a civil rights leader whose refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
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If she were still alive, Rosa Parks would be years old today. In one act of courage on Dec. Parks, an assistant tailor in Montgomery, Alabama, took the bus on the Cleveland Avenue line home on Dec. After being told to get up and give her seat to a white man, Parks decided enough was enough. When the bus driver, James Blake, threatened to call the police, Parks politely told him, "You may do that. Parks was arrested and charged with violating the segregation law of the Montgomery City code.