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of Achievement: Rosa Parks
"Rosa Parks, the "mother of the civil rights movement" was one of the most important citizens of the 20th century. Mrs. Parks was a seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama when, in December of 1955, she refused to give up her seat on a city bus to a white passenger. The bus driver had her arrested. She was tried and convicted of violating a local ordinance.
Her act sparked a citywide boycott of the bus system by blacks that lasted more than a year. The boycott raised an unknown clergyman named Martin Luther King, Jr., to national prominence and resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation on city buses..."
"The students in Mrs. Taverna's second grade class at Pocantico Hills School in Sleepy Hollow, New York have been learning about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. We read about Harriet. We wrote about Harriet. Mrs. Taverna and Mrs. Hongell, (our computer teacher), helped us write this web site to share with other children. We created a timeline, we wrote a QUIZ, we wrote some character sketches, we wrote poems about Harriet and we even made some crossword puzzles about Harriet Tubman for you to work on. We hope you enjoy it.
proper telling of the story of the Civil Rights Movement includes the
themes of education and economic justice...
Ideally, the story should be viewed through several lenses – youth, women, organizing, culture, institutionalized racism, and the interconnectedness of social movements – which offer metaphorical magnifying glasses for understanding the Movement..." read article here
valuable site presents an entire section with
Resources for Teaching about the Civil Rights Movement:
"We have gathered our favorite print, audiovisual, and web resources for teaching and learning about the Civil Rights and related movements for social justice. These lists represent simply a sampling of the wide collection of materials
the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching
provides lessons and articles for K-12 educators on how to go beyond
a heroes approach to the Civil Rights Movement. The book includes interactive
and interdisciplinary lessons, readings, writings, photographs, graphics,
and interviews, with sections on education, labor, citizenship, culture,
and reflections on teaching about the Civil Rights Movement.
One resource on http://www.civilrightsteaching.org/ is a quiz called "MythBuster questions, designed to introduce the people's history of the Civil Rights Movement, which is all too often omitted from the textbooks. The quiz, used as a whole or one question at a time, can serve as a springboard for class discussions and research."
Question #4 : Which of the following is TRUE of Rosa Parks, the woman who helped spark the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 after being arrested for defying the city’s bus segregation laws?
A. She refused to give up her seat to a white man because she was tired.
B. Her refusal to give up her seat on December 1, 1955 was her first act of resistance against segregated buses.
C. As Secretary of the local NAACP chapter and leader of its Youth Group, she had an important history of activism before her action that began the bus boycott
D. At the time of this incident, she was an elderly seamstress who had never been politically active.
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