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If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks

If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks

If a bus could talk, it would tell the story of a young African-American girl named Rosa who had to walk miles to her one-room schoolhouse in Alabama while white children rode to their school in a bus. It would tell how the adult Rosa rode to and from work on a segregated city bus and couldn't sit in the same row as a white person. It would tell of the fateful day when Rosa refused to give up her seat to a white man and how that act of courage inspired others around the world to stand up for freedom.

In this book a bus does talk, and on her way to school a girl named Marcie learns why Rosa Parks is the mother of the Civil Rights movement. At the end of Marcie's magical ride, she meets Rosa Parks herself at a birthday party with several distinguished guests. Wait until she tells her class about this!

Excerpts from the book
This morning a strange-looking bus pulled up at my stop. It didn't look anything like my usual bus, but it was on time and I didn't want to be late for school, so I decided to take it. The door opened and a voice called out, "Step on up, young lady." I got on thinking, I'll ask the driver which bus this is.

One fateful day (December 1, 1955), Mrs. Parks took this very bus home from work. The bus driver, whose name was James Blake, told Mrs. Parks to get up and give her seat to a white man. There were other black people sitting in the same section and all of them would have to get up so that the white man could sit down. Rosa knew that the segregation laws were unfair and, right then and there, she decided to do something about it. She told the driver she would not give up her seat. This was the same bus driver who had wronged her before.

When Mrs. Parks refused to give up her seat, Blake called the police and had her arrested and taken to jail or breaking the segregation laws.

"It is for this singular act of courage that, one day a year, Mrs. Park's seat has been reserved," said the talking bus. "And why we don't want to see Blake driving this bus ever again."

"Amen! Amen!" chorused the passengers.

Copyright © 1999 by Faith Ringgold

If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1999 (32 pages, $16.00)
Hardcover, ISBN: 0-689-81892-0
Juvenile Fiction / Ethnic / African American

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