A WOMAN OF GREATNESS Rosa Louise Parks was a female African-American civil rights activist. She was born on February 14, 1913, and passed away on October 24, 2005. She is nationally recognized as the mother of the modern day civil rights movement in the United States. She came to light when she was arrested in 1955; a time when the United States was heavily segregated. She was arrested because she refused to give up her seat, and make room for a white passenger who had gotten on the bus after her.
The Life and Career of Inez Beverly Prosser In 1933 Cincinnati, Ohio, Inez Beverly Prosser was the first African American female to receive a doctorate degree in psychology. Inez overcame many obstacles to achieve her goals and she showed women of her time and of today that all things are possible. In a time where racial inequality was at its peak, Prosser enrolled and completed several degree programs. Inez did not have the ideal childhood, nor did she have the support of society in her academic endeavors, but she let nothing get in her way. Prosser’s life came to a tragic halt, leaving the world wondering what she could have accomplished had she lived longer.
The Life of Ruby Nell Bridges In Tylertown, Mississippi, Ruby Nell Bridges was born on September 8, 1954. Her parents and grandparents sharecropped in Mississippi. Her parents, Abon and Lucille Bridges, moved to New Orleans, when she was 4 years old. Her father got a job as a gas station attendant and her mother took night jobs to help support their growing family. When Ruby was in kindergarten, she was one of many African-American students in New Orleans who were chosen to take a test determining whether or not she could attend a white school.
Rosa Parks Although she was known as Rosa Parks, she was born Rosa Louise McCauley on February 4th, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. As a child she lived with her grandparents and developed strong roots by going to church with them. During Rosa's childhood she was influenced by the Jim Crow Laws. Rosa was home-schooled until the age of eleven, and then she attended a segregated public school which was known as the Industrial School For Girls in Montgomery, Alabama. Earning her high school degree in 1933, she then went on to get a secondary education.
The Fortens were active abolitionists and their home was open to many visitors who supported their cause. Charlotte attended Higgins Grammar School along with the white students and later the Normal School in Salem, Massachusetts at the age of 16. She was very determined about school, books, and studying so she can give back to slaves by “changing the condition of the oppressed and suffering people” as Esther M. Douty wrote in Free Black Teacher. This lead to her being one of the first African American teacher in Salem to be hired, where she even taught white students. During teaching career, she recorded the events in her life, events in that era, and her idols like Fredrick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman in her personal journals.
STANDING UP FOR FREEDOM Most people know the beginning of the modern civil rights movement in the United States to December 1, 1955. That was the day when an unknown woman in Montgomery, Alabama refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. This brave woman was Rosa Parks. She was arrested for violating the city law. Her act of defiance began a movement that ended legal segregation in America and made her an inspiration to freedom-loving people everywhere.
HIST 352 PSA #3 Anne Moody “Coming of Age in Mississippi” The autobiography “Coming of Age in Mississippi” by Anne Moody is the story of her life growing up as a poor black girl in one of the most racially discriminated states in America. She was born in 1940 and her story covers 19 years of her life beginning with when she was 4 years old all the through the age of twenty-three. Anne Moody also referred to as Essie Mae was the daughter of a poor sharecropper who was working for white farmers and her mother Toosweet who was working as a made for various white families, so did Moody. One of the passages that struck me the most in Chapter 9 is “… I had to secure that plate of dry beans if nothing else.” (Moody, 121) The passage caught my attention because of all her struggles with school and her family being poor, she had to worry about her families well-being and act like a grown up at such a young age. Despite her working hard to feed her family and not being able to enjoy her childhood, she experienced racism and discrimination at a young age which led to her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Lee Parks (nee McCauley; born 1913) refused to relinquish her seat to a white passenger on a racially segregated Montgomery, Alabama bus. She was arrested and fined but her action led to a successful boycott of the Montgomery buses by African American riders. Born Rosa McCauley in Tuskegee, Alabama, on February 4, 1913, the young girl did not seem destined for fame. Her mother was a teacher and her father, a carpenter. When she was still young she moved with her mother and brother to Pine Level, Alabama, to live with her grandparents.
Special Population Interview Elizabeth Price – Slone October 1, 2013 Morehead State University My interview subject is a 47 year old female who is not only homeless, but she is disabled as well. I chose “Jenea” due to the fact I had met her once before outside of a store and she was asking for money, she was dressed raggedy, and also had an odor to her. I reluctantly said no and felt so uncomfortable with the whole situation. When this assignment was given to us, I then sought her out to see if she would comply for this interview When I located Jenea I explained that I was doing a school assignment and I also communicated to her every aspect of the project so that she would understand clearly, I asked if she had any questions or if anything was unclear and she replied; why would anyone want to hear my story? I expressed that I would!
The book models curriculum and community aligned oral history and essay writing. Students can apply the insights gained by Red to their ongoing actions as citizens of their community and their study of American history. English teachers can assign community oral history research as modeled in the book by Ms. Miller in which they research the ways their community has reacted to discrimination concerns or the history of a community center/house of worship. This can be in tandem with Social Studies colleagues plus allow the English teacher to include informational literacy integration of knowledge and ideas by having students analyze various accounts of segregation as shared in history texts or documents and as presented in this historical novel. Most importantly this well researched historical fiction work fully addresses the CCSS standard 11 for responding to literature in that in reading it students can analyze the narrative by making connections to other history documents/texts, cultural/race relations perspectives and personal events (death, loss, sibling relationships, boy/girl relationships, friendship, family