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Rosa Parks

On Dec. 1, 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Ala. In “The Politics of Children’s Literature,” Herbert Kohl deconstructs the myth of a meek and tired Rosa Parks and a spontaneous boycott. Students are invited to hear first hand accounts from Parks herself and are given a context for the community organized efforts and steadfast determination that was the reality of this well known but largely mis-represented chapter in the history of the civil rights movement. Here is Kohl’s article: http://bit.ly/dLCyZ0 and resources for teaching about the true story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott: http://bit.ly/WAqLq8 Image: Rosa Parks at a desegregation workshop at Highlander Folk School in Tennessee in July of 1955 (six months before the boycott.) Also in photo: Septima Poinsette Clark, F.D. Patterson, C.H. Parrish. From the Civil Rights Digital Library: http://bit.ly/1bAtVqu