[OYAN] Dec. 1st is Rosa Parks Day in Oregon => Resources for Quick Review or Deeper Inquiry

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Wed Nov 26 11:25:42 PST 2014

The following email just went out on the Oregon Association of School Libraries and I though public libraries may be interested too. Rosa Parks is sometimes called the mother of the freedom movement or the first lady of civil rights. Considering what’s happening in Ferguson, MO<http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/08/13/us/ferguson-missouri-town-under-siege-after-police-shooting.html?_r=0> right now, it might be a good time to create a display of library material about the civil rights movement—including Rosa Parks. Books can be a great conversation starter for parents and other adults to talk with children and teens about complex issues like racism and civil rights.

Governor Kitzhaber proclaimed December 1st as Rosa Parks Day in Oregon, and encourages “all Oregonians to join in this observance.” Why that day? Rosa Parks’ arrest for civil disobedience was on December 1, 1955.

Here are some resources about Rosa Parks:

            History.com => Bet You Didn’t Know: Rosa Parks (3-minute video)

            NPR => 1992 Interview with Rosa Parks (audio clips)

Scholastic => Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights (brief slide presentation; includes Q&A interview with Rosa Parks)

National Archives => Arrest records
Library of Congress => Short Timeline of Events & Much More

Discussions or lessons or could be tied to discussions of current events in Ferguson, Missouri.


Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
jennifer.maurer at state.or.us<mailto:jennifer.maurer at state.or.us>

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