Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Russell FreedmanWhile we have all most likely learned about the Montgomery Bus Boycott from a textbook while in grade school, this text represents the information in a very engaging manner. The information is factual, but unlike when I read most textbooks, I actually wanted to keep reading this. The text teaches about key figures during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, what they did and why they did it. The text goes into great detail about Jo Ann Robinson, Claudette Colvin, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Jr., along with several other important individuals. The text includes quotes and details often omitted from textbooks and other sources.
The fifth graders in my school are reading this text, and I think this is an appropriate age group for this text. The information is not too graphic for younger students, but it works well with our fifth grade curriculum so this seems like the best group of students to use this text. I could see using it with middle school students as well to support relevant research about the key individuals and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
There are photographs with captions used throughout the text. I liked that they were not on every page and were inserted where relevant, not just to fill space on the pages of the book.
54b. Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Supreme Court ruling that segregation on public buses is unconstitutional. The bus boycott demonstrated the potential for nonviolent mass protest to successfully challenge racial segregation and served as an example for other southern campaigns that followed. The roots of the bus boycott began years before the arrest of Rosa Parks. In a meeting with Mayor W. Seven months later, year-old Mary Louise Smith was arrested for refusing to yield her seat to a white passenger. Robinson prepared a series of leaflets at Alabama State College and organized groups to distribute them throughout the black community. On 2 December, black ministers and leaders met at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and agreed to publicize the 5 December boycott.
The Civil Rights Movement
The Montgomery Bus Boycott
Sparked by the arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1st of for not giving her seat up to a white passenger on a Montgomery Alabama city bus the Montgomery Bus Boycott was the first major non-violent civil-rights protest against racial segregation in the United States. This important event in black history would ignite the civil rights movement and prompt numerous other protest that would culminate in the Civil Rights Act of making racial segregation illegal. Click here for a great selection of Amazon. In racial segregation was the norm in the southern United States. White people and black people had separate water fountains, sections of movie theatres, lunch counters, bus seats, and separation in other public places. This separate but equal policy was considered legal and its legality had been supported by the courts. However this policy fostered inequality and racial discrimination.