Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue With Today's Youth

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Lee & Low Books, 1996 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 111 pages
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A Dialogue with Today's Youth On a December day in 1955, Rosa Parks changed the course of American history when she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Alabama. This simple yet courageous act set in motion a chain of events that reverberated throughout the world. This book contains a selection of the 500-1000 letters a month that Mrs Parks receives from children throughout the world - with her answers to their many questions.

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User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

I found this book on clearance at Half Price Books. What a find! I really enjoyed the series of letters from children to Ms. Parks. I also enjoyed how often she responded by the power of God and a good education. I want/need to find a way to teach this book to my students! Read full review

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User Review  - Tania Gilmore - Goodreads

This book is similar to the Oh, Freedom book! Because it has letters that students wrote to Rosa Parks and for those students who can't Identify whether she is make believe or not this will help them make that connection and know that she was real. I use this book as part of a text set for PTLS Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She attended the Montgomery Industrial School, which emphasized domestic sciences such as cooking, sewing, and caring for the sick. She married Raymond Parks in 1932 and was one of the first women to join the Montgomery branch of the NAACP in 1943. On December 1, 1955, Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus to a white man and was arrested and fined for violating a city ordinance. Her actions inspired 50,000 blacks in Montgomery to boycott the city buses for a year until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the segregated busing policy was unconstitutional. She moved to Detroit, Michigan with her husband in 1957 and served as a secretary/ receptionist for U.S. Representative John Conyers from 1965 to 1988. She founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development, which sponsors an annual summer bus trip around the country for teenagers to learn the history of their country and the civil rights movement. She received numerous awards during her lifetime including the NAACP's Springarn Medal in 1979, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1999. She died on October 24, 2005 at the age of 92.

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