Remembering Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks, whose 1955 refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Alabama provided the catalyst for the civil rights movement, died Monday at age 92.

To help your students understand the impact of Park’s act of bravery and defiance, unitedstreaming has a number of images and video clips that provide a window into the events that triggered a cultural revolution in the US.  Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement provides an overview of all the key figures in the civil rights movement.   These shorter clips will help younger students understand how Ms. Parks became the ‘mother of the civil rights movement’.

The Story of Rosa Parks (01:19):  A clip from the program Holiday Facts & Fun:  Martin Luther King Day (2nd Edition)

Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott (01:26):  A clip form the program Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 


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  1. Katie said:

    For my High School students, we looked at the video on Reconstruction, which laid the foundation in the United States for segregation after the Civil War. It is an excellent video!!!

  2. barbara said:

    since this is about Rosa parks dont put facts about other african american heors

  3. Stacie said:

    Teaching Tolerance offers free video kits to teachers. One of their kits is called “Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks.” All you have to do is print out an order form and send it in. The kits are fabulous and they offer many classroom-appropriate resources. Post if you decide to order a kit or two and let me know what you think – I love mine!

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