Monday, 23 February 2009

Book Sharing Monday: Black History Month

For our last book sharing of this Black History Month, I chose a non-fiction book about Rosa Parks. "Rosa Parks, Don't Give In!" is written by Cathy East Dubowski and has many photographs. This book tells the life story of Rosa Parks "the mother of the civil rights movement" who is known for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in December 1955 and being arrested for it. That was a defining moment in history for the black community. Her refusal started a boycott of the buses by the black people in her town of Montgomery, Alabama. As the news of the boycott spread, other cities participated. These events helped changed the law on segregation in buses. This book continues to tell the rest of Rosa's influential life as well.

"When Rosa refused to give up her seat, the driver called the police. One officer asked her why she didn't obey the driver. Rosa said, "Why do you all push us around?"

"I don't know," the policeman said, "but the law is the law and you're under arrest."

Here are a few links to read more on Rosa Parks:
Rosa Louise Parks Biography
Wikipedia page on Rosa Parks
The Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan
**In March, we will be reading books that relate "loosely" to the Iditarod, the sled dog race in Alaska. We followed the race last year and will be doing that again this year. Books could be on Alaska, its culture, on the Iditarod itself, or on sled dogs...If you would like to join me, please feel free to share your favourite books on that theme, or continue on with other themes!

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