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Rosa Parks

Segregate:To keep one group of people apart from another and treat them differently, especially because of race or sex.

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Today is the 100th birthday anniversary  of American civil rights movement pioneer Rosa Parks (1913-2005), who was jailed for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man, a violation of the city’s racial segregation laws.

Listen to her biography, take notes and answer the following questions:

  • Where was she raised?
  • As a child, why did she walk to school daily?
  • Why did she leave her studies ?
  • What did she get after getting married?
  • Why was she arrested?
  • In the professor’s opinion, why did she do so?
  • How did the people react to her sentence? How long did it last?
  • After she had retired, what did she devote her time to?
  • When she passed away, where  did she lie in honour?
  • What medal did President Clinton give her?
  • What did her “simple action” mean?

In your opinion, do you think that simple actions matter? Why or why not?


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This entry was posted on 04/02/2013 by in Human Rights, Listening, Social Issues, Writing.
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