Bio of the Month Rosa Parks
BIOGRAPHY®: Rosa Parks
- civil rights movement
- Congressional Medal of Honor
- Who was Raymond Parks? Why do you think it was so important to him that Rosa graduate from high school?
- How do you think Rosa Parks’ work with the NAACP helped influence her decision to remain seated on the bus when asked to move?
- What happened on the day of Parks’ trial? Why do you think the black community leaders of Montgomery scheduled the bus boycott for the same day as Rosa’s trial?
- How long did the bus boycott last? How did the boycott affect the city of Montgomery? What did the black community sacrifice to keep the boycott going for so long?
- Although two people were arrested for not giving up their seats prior to Rosa Parks, why do you think she became the face of the civil rights movement?
- What does the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development aspire to do? How do you think the institute embodies the legacy of Rosa Parks?
- Timing History. Draw a timeline from 1913, when Rosa Parks was born, to the present day. Chart events in the history of civil rights. Write short descriptions of the events you charted.
- Changing America. Many people of different races have been active in the civil rights movement. Choose one individual, research his or her contribution to civil rights, and write a presentation based on your findings. Give a short presentation to your class detailing the contributions your person made to help change American life. You can also present your findings on a poster or in a PowerPoint presentation.
- Living Through Segregation. Pretend it is 1955. Create a poster encouraging people to boycott the city buses in Montgomery, Alabama. Or write a journal entry about participating in the bus boycott.
- New Problems. Rosa Parks and others have helped the U.S. become more egalitarian, but there are still issues in this country and throughout the world. Do some research on the Internet or at the library and pick one problem facing America or the world; do you think it can be solved? If so, how would you solve it? Write a one to three page essay documenting the problem and proposing a reasonable solution.