The Life & Legacy of Rosa Parks Essay

958 Words Nov 4th, 2012 4 Pages
Informative speech outline- courtesy of Tiffany Smith who gave this speech right after Rosa Parks died.

Title: The Life & Legacy of Rosa Parks

Speech pattern: Topical
Attention-getting technique: Provocative statement

Introduction:
“ We are asking every Negro to stay off the buses Monday in protest of the arrest and trial…You can afford to stay out of school for one day. If you work, take a cab or walk, but please children and grownups, don’t ride the bus at all on Monday. Please stay off the buses.”

What would cause someone to say these words? The woman who started a movement to end Jim Crow and allow African-Americans to have the same rights as any other American. The woman’s name is Rosa Parks.
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The bus incident

A. On Dec. 1, 1955 this unknown seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama refused to give up her bus seat in the middle of the bus to a white passenger. B. This was during the age of Jim Crow when front bus rows were for whites only. 1. Jim Crow also meant separate water fountains for white and colored people. 2. It also meant that blacks couldn’t eat at certain white restaurants. C. There were laws that required blacks to leave their seats when all the seats in the front rows were taken so that whites could sit down D. Parks refused to give up her seat to a white and so was arrested and fined for Violating a city ordinance requiring whites and blacks to sit in separate rows on buses.

III. The Movement

(Parks allowed black leaders to use her arrest to spark a boycott of the bus system.) A. A young Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was chosen president of an organization to run the bus boycott. B. Parks was surprised so many people felt like her- they were sick and tired of being treated like second-class citizens. C. For more

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