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Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

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On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus and give up her seat to a white man. This refusal to give up her dignity sparked the Montgomery bus boycott, a yearlong struggle, and a major victory in the civil rights movement. Source notes, map, bibliography, index.
Hardcover, 114 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Holiday House (first published September 30th 2006)
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Julia Drescher
Mar 02, 2014 Julia Drescher rated it it was amazing
Shelves: informational
While we have all most likely learned about the Montgomery Bus Boycott from a textbook while in grade school, this text represents the information in a very engaging manner. The information is factual, but unlike when I read most textbooks, I actually wanted to keep reading this. The text teaches about key figures during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, what they did and why they did it. The text goes into great detail about Jo Ann Robinson, Claudette Colvin, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Jr., a ...more
Elizabeth Westlund
Mar 12, 2015 Elizabeth Westlund rated it it was amazing
Shelves: informational
This was an excellent informational read that to me read more like a historical fiction story in that it was so compelling and unfolded in an intriguing manner. I did have background knowledge of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the role of Rosa Parks. However, there was so much more to the story that I didn't know. Though this book discussed in detail how Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King were involved, it also provided a lot of information and key points about other vital citizens involved i ...more
Tahleen
Sep 04, 2010 Tahleen rated it really liked it
This is the story of the brave freedom fighters in Montgomery, Alabama that spearheaded the Civil Rights Movement in 1960s America. It starts even before Rosa Parks played her pivotal role by refusing to give up her seat to a white man. After a brief introduction giving readers context of what it meant to be black during the 1950s, Freedman then begins with a lesser-known figure in history, Jo Ann Robinson, a professor at the all-black university Alabama State who, after being kicked off a bus f ...more
Anna Parkinson
Jul 18, 2009 Anna Parkinson rated it it was amazing
Filled with important facts and plenty of amazing images, Freedom Walkers is a non-fiction novel that gives an in-depth account of the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-56. The reader learns that way before Rosa Parks, there were many brave African Americans who were not afraid to stand up for their rights and question the many injustices and violations of civil rights in a country that promises life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This included girls as young as fifteen. A major lesson tha ...more
Kristina Taylor
Oct 24, 2012 Kristina Taylor rated it really liked it
This is an informational book of the Mongomery Bus Boycott, the events that lead up to it, and the result of African American's standing up for their rights. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus for a white man. This was the beginning of what started the boycott. Rosa Parks had E.D. Nixon and Martin Luther King, Jr. on her side when she went to court. The bus boycott nearly bankrupted the bus company. The boycott didn't come without threats. African Americans where harrassed and threa ...more
MissDziura
2010 Caudill nominee, Freedom Walkers, is an excellent book that tells about the courage African-Americans in Montgomery, Alabama had to boycott the bus system as a means to non-violently protest for their civil rights. I think this book could be used in 5th grade classrooms and up as either an introduction to the Civil Rights movement, or just a resource for students to become educated about what happened during this tumultous time in our history. The chapters are divided into first-person acco ...more
Cody
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Informational, Biography, African American History, paperback, picture book, Civil Rights Summary:
Freedom Walkers is an informational chapter book, with a biography vibe to each chapter. Freedom Walkers tells the stories of the hardships that African Americans felt living in the south during Jim Crowe laws up until the end of segregation. The biography aspect of this book focuses on main leaders and people of importance during the civil rights era, such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther Kin
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Charli Greene
This is a story about the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This book is a chapter book that describes this event and each chapter it either talks about part of the event or specific people. This chapter book takes the reader through the struggles and hardships that African Americans were faced with. They were beaten, thrown in jail (time after time), houses and churches were bombed, children were beaten and were killed, and their lives were constantly put in danger. Very little to no retaliation was give ...more
Mandie Hill
Apr 23, 2016 Mandie Hill rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction-books
Freedom Walkers discusses the Montgomery bus boycott that occurred during the civil rights movements. The book starts out discussing a college professor named Jo Ann Robinson in 1949 who was forced and threatened to get off a Montgomery city bus by a white bus driver for sitting in the white-only section of the bus. Regardless if there were no white people present on the bus, black people were not allowed to sit there. As a member of the Women’s Political Council (WPC), she elected president the ...more
Caroline Siewert
This book focuses on the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This book in a nonfiction book that focuses on the struggles and accomplishments of African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement. This was a very important time in American history as a minority group stood up for themselves and their rights in a society that did not treat them equally. African Americans struggled to get their rights as citizens throughout American history and this book captures an important event that helped them gain essen ...more
Connor
Nov 29, 2015 Connor rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teens
Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Russell Freedman is a non fiction book about the Montgomery bus boycott, and how this one boycott put African Americans one step closer to ending segregation. What I enjoyed about this book is how detailed it was in describing the Montgomery Bus Boycott, while not going into too much detail about the boycott.
Montgomery is a normal town with very brave citizens. Although tons of people have stood up to bus segregation in Montgomery non
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Madison Niksich
Freedman, R (2006). Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. New York, NY : Holiday House

Freedom Walkers is a 2007 honor book award about the Montgomery boycott. The book starts off by explaining the hardships for African Americans during the late 1950’s and why they chose to walk for their rights. Personal stories of Jo Ann Robinson, Claudette Colvin, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Jr. choosing to not give up their bus seats for white Americans gives readers a sense of thei
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Jessica LeBaron
Apr 23, 2015 Jessica LeBaron rated it really liked it

Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott (Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award
Russell Freedman

This chapter book details the Montgomery bus boycott that started in the 1950s. The book starts by explaining how African Americans were still very segregated at the time, and how the peaceful walks that occurred all came from something that started on a bus. Next, the book details the experience of JoAnne Robinson. JoAnne Robinson is an important person because
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Howie Kahekili
This story is about a major event in African American history that was a turning point to help end segregation, the Montgomery Bus Boycott. This book is about different event that helped build up to end bus inequality. There were various bus events that built up to take action and the main case was Rosa Parks. Dixon took her case and ran with it. He used it to initiate the bus boycott. Then after Martin Luther King Jr. took action and was established the leader to represent the African American ...more
Andrea
Dec 08, 2014 Andrea rated it liked it
This story is about a major event in African American history that was a turning point to help end segregation. This book is about different events that helped build up to end bus segregation. There were various bus events that built up to take action and the main case was Rosa Parks. Dixon took her case and ran with it. He used it to initiate the bus boycott. Then after Martin Luther King Jr. took action and was established the leader to represent the African American population with the inspir ...more
Javone Mcclelland
This book goes into lots of detail about the event. It first begins with chapters about particular people involved in or apart of the Boycott, like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, it describes their impact on the event and their impact on slavery overall. It then discusses both sides of the event, the white’s and the black boycotters; It helps to see both sides of the story to see how the different groups perceived the event, and to see how they thought of each other. The book does not hold b ...more
Kaycie
Apr 25, 2014 Kaycie rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Freedom Walkers: The Story of Montgomery Bus Boycott is an excellent take on the history of civil liberties. Russell Freedom narrates the history of major people and events in history including, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, boycott hero stories, Claudette Colvin, and more. This nonfiction chapter book is set up in chronological order, with real life photographs mixed throughout. These pictures really bring the words to life, giving an accurate deception of how African Americans were treated, ...more
Megan
This book was very informative. It is an easy read, being just under 100 pages not including the end notes. This book gives new insight into the motion that started the civil rights movement, the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955. The bus boycott lasted 13 months, and started when Rosa Parks was arrested for not giving up her seat to a white man on the bus. Parks was not the first woman to be arrested for refusing to give up her seat, even a 15 year old female student was arrested for not giving up ...more
Araceli Castaneda-Rodriguez
Dec 08, 2015 Araceli Castaneda-Rodriguez rated it really liked it
Shelves: civil-rights
Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott is a book about the people that boycotted the Montgomery bus transportation. The author goes in great detail of the people involved during the civil rights movement and the events that occurred during the civil rights movement. The book has pictures and great descriptions that give life to the people involved and the events. This book is filled with important facts and great images that are relevant to the text.

This book could be used in a
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Laura
Apr 23, 2016 Laura added it
Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott is about the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the struggle that African Americans went through to get the simple right to sit wherever they wanted on the bus. Freedman writes about many events that occur to lead up to the boycott, describing horrific stories of African Americans being discriminated against on buses. These are only a few stories out of the many that occurred during this time period, which are mentioned in this book because they ...more
Mason Stewart
Mar 04, 2015 Mason Stewart rated it really liked it
Newberry Medalist Russell Freedman gives us a vivid look at the people and events that contributed to one of the key victories of the civil rights movement of 1955-1956. The reader comes to learn there were many more brave black men and women who stood up for civil rights before Rosa Parks’ bus boycott. We see children and adults alike play key roles in the civil rights movement. The text goes into great detail about Claudette Colvin, Rosa Parks, Jo Ann Robinson and Martin Luther King Jr. just t ...more
Morgan Logan
Apr 25, 2016 Morgan Logan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: informational
Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott is written by Russel Freedman. This text is an informational book discussing the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the fight for civil rights. Freedman comprises personal stories and historical events to remind his audience that segregation and discrimination was real and real people suffered. The book begins discussing the “Jim Crow” law. This law restrained African-Americans to do many daily activities and enforced segregation. As it says in th ...more
Mariamabuadas
May 3 2015 (end of book)
This book was a very inspirational and powerful book. I love the way it was written in an African American's point of view, it makes it seem more reasonable to know how and why the bus boycott began. This book teaches you to stick to your beliefs and never give up. It also shows you the power of nonviolent action and its effectiveness, vs. violent action. It is definitely a powerful book with a lot of lessons to be learnt from it. I advise those who are into the civil rig
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Kelsee Crenshaw
Apr 06, 2016 Kelsee Crenshaw rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is a fantastic book for those who want and would like to know more about the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Russell Freedman does a great job of focusing on certain people and events that happened during the boycott. Each chapter is either named after a person that had an enormous impact in the boycott or an event that impacted the boycott as a whole. This book thoroughly explains what African American people went through back then, and how they were treated by bus drivers, polic ...more
Luiseduardo
Mar 25, 2016 Luiseduardo rated it liked it
In Freedom Walkers, Martin Luther King Jr. made a change to give African-American people could have freedom and be treated equal rights. The white people didn't want to give African-American people freedom and be treated equal rights. The whites didn't want to give African-American people to get paid right like the white people. Rosa Parks went to a bus and in that time white people fill in the front of the seat and the African-American people went to the back because that was no respect if you ...more
Cynnea Schreibman
Feb 23, 2015 Cynnea Schreibman rated it liked it
This was a book that has to do with not only Rosa Parks but also many other civil rights activists. Rosa Parks was one of the main instigators that started the yearlong struggle of the civil rights movement but not the only one. Many different events contributed to this period and this book tells great stories about every one of them. Freedom Walkers has many powerful black and white photos throughout the book that make the reader feel and understand this period at a deeper level. This book can ...more
Angelica Flores
Dec 07, 2014 Angelica Flores rated it really liked it
Shelves: t-l-307
The book Freedom Walkers by Russell Freedman is a book to teach readers about the Civil Rights Movement. During this time was the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The writer does a great job teaching how an African American lived on a day to day basis. Every chapter is about a different person or subject and how they affected this time. During this time the African Americans needed to stand up for themselves to live a better life. They began to protest and they stopped riding the bus completely. Overall, ...more
Arminzerella
Rosa Parks is the name that everyone associates with the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Civil Rights Movement, but there were a lot of people who were involved in the fight to end segregation. Thousands of African Americans boycotted the buses, choosing to walk or ride in organized carpools in order to peacefully protest segregation on city buses. Their protest lasted just over a year, before the United States Supreme Court decided that the segregation laws (Jim Crow laws) in the South were unco ...more
Christina
I'm not a huge fan of kids' non-fiction, but I really liked this book. Even though I thought that I already knew quite a bit about the Civil Rights Movement, Freedom Walkers taught me several new facts. For example, I had not realized what a short time Martin and Coretta King had lived in Montgomery before the bus boycott, and I hadn't known that Rosa Parks had training in "integration techniques" prior to her refusal to give up her seat on the bus. (I'd always believed the story that she was si ...more
Heather
Dec 21, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing
This book tells the story of the Montgomery bus boycott that started in 1955 when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus. However, this book starts before that momentous event, telling of other individuals who also refused to give up their seats and were arrested before Parks. Within the story is the story of Martin Luther King, Jr. who was very active in the boycott. Black and white photographs illustrate the text.

This is the most powerful book I have read in a long time. It is written
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Russell Freedman is the award-winning author of 47 books, some of which have been translated into a diverse number of languages, including Japanese, Korean, German, Spanish, Flemish, Arabic and Bengali. But Freedman wasn't always a children's book writer.

He grew up in San Francisco and attended the University of California, Berkeley, and then worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Pre
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