Fifty years ago, America was a very different place where people were judged by the color of their skin and despite the line in the Declaration of Independence stating that all men are created equal, people were not treated as equals. The Martin Luther King National Historic Site, which includes a visitor center, King’s birth home, the church where he preached, and final resting place, pays homage to a leader of the Civil Rights Movement who had a dream that African Americans would one day be treated as equals.
Rosa Parks is just as synonymous with the Civil Rights Movement as Martin Luther King Jr., although her full story is probably not as well-known. Most of us know the story of how Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus, but did you know she held several jobs including a secretary for the NAACP? Did you know she received the Congressional Gold Medal in 1999? Young readers will devour this illustrated story on the life of Rosa Parks.
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