Friday, February 18, 2011

FEBRUARY AS BLACK HISTORY MONTH AND ROSA PARKS

BBC NEWS/ On this day: 1 December 1955


Black woman challenges race law

A black woman has been arrested by police in Montgomery, Alabama, after refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white person.

Mrs Rosa Parks now faces a fine for breaking the segregation laws which say black Americans must vacate their seats if there are white passengers left standing.

It is not the first time Mrs Parks, who is a seamstress, has defied the law on segregation.

In 1943 she was thrown off a bus for refusing to get on via the back door, which was reserved for black passengers. She became known to other drivers who sometimes refused to let her on.

Read the rest of the article here.

Questions:
  • What are your thoughts after reading this article?
  • Would you have done the same if you had been in Rosa’s shoes?
  • What should a group of people do if they face a similar type of oppression in the future? (Think of race, social class, religion, gender.)
See some students' answers to these questions on this class blog.

Read also Rosa's interview about the incident here (a link discovered after the research done by one of our Proficiency students, Helen!)
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