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Rosa Parks Birthday

February 3rd| Michael Mountford

Rosa Parks Day

On December 1st 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama and sparked the American Civil Rights movement of the 20th century.

She stayed involved in the civil rights movement throughout her lifetime, aligning with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the 1960s, and then the Black Power movement in the 1970s. In the 1980s, she co-founded the Raymond and Rosa Parks Institute for Self-Development, which educates young people about the civil rights movement. Rosa Parks died in 2005.

Today we celebrate the life and works of Rosa Parks on her birthday and how she helped start a movement that would see the world change for the better.


BBC Teach

The fantastic BBC Teach website has a 12 minute video which details the life of Rosa Parks and how her refusal to give up her seat changed American Society for the better.

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BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize has some amazing online resources that can be utilised in the classroom. Click the image below to be taken to their website.

Rosa Parks- BBC Bitesize

Horrible Histories

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Classroom Displays

If you’re looking for some inspiration to help make learning more fun and engaging for kids in their own time, why not try and a splash of creativity to a spare section of the classroom and make a dedicated display area where the children can pin up their favourite pieces of work all to do with the topic of Rosa Parks.


We here at Teacher’s Pet have been hard at work to bring you some brand new and amazing resources all to do with teaching about Rosa Parks. Click here to see all of our brand new Rosa Parks resources.

Below I have picked out a handful of resources in order to get started.

Rosa Parks Display Quotes Pack
Rosa Parks Fact Poster
Rosa Parks Looking At Changes In Society Sorting Activity

We hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for teaching about Rosa Parks on her birthday.

If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added into the topic calendar!)

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