Friday, February 5, 2016

Black History Month: Rosa

Nikki Giovanni recounts the story of Rosa Parks in a very personal manner, allowing the reader to know more about Rosa - her workplace, her home, her political beliefs about women's rights. 

And Bryan Collier's illustrations compliment the story beautifully.

We learn that Rosa was the best seamstress in Montgomery.

Rosa followed the "evil" custom of going in the front of the bus to pay, then got off the bus and went in the rear door to sit at the back of the bus.

The back of the bus was full, so she sat in the  neutral section. She settled in for her ride home.

After several stops, the bus filled. The bus driver yelled at Rosa and Jimmy's father sitting next to her to move. Jimmy's father moved...Rosa did not.

She was arrested...

But the Supreme Court ruled in her favor a year after her arrest.

The integrity, the dignity, the quiet strength of Rosa Parks turned her into a YES for change.

Here are some resources for teachers: