Analysis Of Rosa Parks And The Civil Rights

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On December 1, 1955, Ms. Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old African American woman who worked as a seamstress, boarded a Montgomery, Alabama city bus to go home from work. She sat near the middle of the bus, right behind the seats reserved for whites. Soon all of the seats in the bus were filled. When a white man entered the bus, the driver followed the standard practice of segregation and insisted that all four Blacks sitting just behind the white section give up their seats so that the man could sit there. Ms. Parks quietly refused to give up her seat and move to the back of the bus. This story is a familiar one, retold over and over as a symbol of the civil rights. There are dozens of books about Rosa Parks that have been published, many of them for children. Literature written for and about African American children can now be found on many bookstore shelves and in public and school libraries throughout the United States, and the characters in these books are often historical figures like Rosa Parks. Others reach back to the arrival of the African in America and to the continuous struggle and development of African Americans that is evident even today. Some books reach even further back, taking child readers to the continent of Africa before there was an America. The stories of these characters also display the different regions, class levels, and family structures of African Americans. Literature written for children and young adults can be used as one of the strategies
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