On This Day: Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Rosa Parks is considered a symbol of the American Civil Rights movement—but what about her story? A series of video clips examines her role in the movement, as well as her legacy. Scholars listen to historian Jeanne Theoharis discuss her complicated and rich legacy before Parks herself addresses the press at a White House event in 1989. They also watch Bill Clinton's address at her funeral before considering Parks' role in a growing Civil Rights movement.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the first video to stimulate a discussion of the mythology versus the reality of Parks and her legacy
  • Offer additional video segments to supplement instruction on the Civil Rights Movement
Classroom Considerations

  • Teachers must create a free C-SPAN Classroom account or take advantage of general access with the username students and password C-SPANCLASSROOM to view the four clips
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros

  • Video includes discussion of historiography that provides a richer context for the Civil Rights Movement
  • Clips expose students to various historical perspectives on an integral event
Cons

  • None