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

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Freedom Walkers Freedman breathes life into the key personalities and events that contributed to the yearlong civil rights struggle known as the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Photos. Full description
Hardcover, 114 pages
Published September 30th 2006 by Holiday House
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Julia Drescher
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Angelica Flores
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
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
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
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

Jim Crow laws in the South dictated the lives of blacks and whites, segregating them in all public facilities. On public buses blacks had to sit in the back and give up their seats to White passengers when the front seats were taken. After the arrest of Rosa Parks for not giving up her seat, Blacks began a boycott campaign to demand that the city of Montgomery provide better treatment of Black passengers. Blacks walked and carpooled for 381 days. They boycotted stores and the bus system. Legal a
Freedom Walkers A Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

I like the blueprint at the beginning of the book. It is a blueprint of the place, Montgomery, Alabama, where the boycott actually happened. Streets, sections, landmarks and neighborhoods (including churches, residences and government buildings) are outlined in detail. The chapter notes at the end of the book are clear cut and points out specific quotes that are notable to works cited and referenced by abbreviations. The many pictures within t
Freedom Walkers: The story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott is about the year long struggle that started in 1955 as part of the Civil Rights Movement. The book is about the Montgomery Bus Boycott that helped end segregation of public transportation. The book starts with an excerpt about JoAnn Robinson and her experience on a public bus. Claudete Colvin, fifteen at the time, refused to give up her seat on a crowded bus and was arrested. Later she was found guilty of assault in a juvenile court. A fe ...more
Ben Shaw
Well this story is about the famous story of Rosa Parks and what other people did to support her. The main characters are Jo Ann Robinson, Claudette Colvin, Rosa Park, and Martin Luther King Jr. There was problem after problem for these people because the cop’s starting to arrest people. They were threatened with water cannons and dogs.
I can relate a little bit to this story. I stand up for what I believe in, the book is made of people who stand up for what they believe in. I’m not the only pe
Henna Patel
Summary/Annotation: Freedom Walkers is a very informative book that talks about how African Americans boycotted against the unfair bus system that was happening in Montgomery, Alabama. There are different chapters that talk about famous African American who spoke up against the racial segregation that was happening at that time. Some of these famous people included Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. They walked the journey together for freedom because they couldn't take the unfair way societ ...more
Stephanie Gulliver
Summary: Freedom Walker’s is a biography that starts out by explaining the events that led up to the bus boycott that took place during the Civil Rights movement. It brings up the people who influenced the boycott to happen such as Rosa Parks. The book goes in chronological order of every event that took place in this boycott. From beginning to end, it shows how African Americans fought for equal treatment on the bus.
Response: This book was very informational and detailed about the events that t
Maxzine Rossler
Freedom Walkers is an informational book about the Montgomery Bus Boycott that takes you back in time to one of the most memorable times in history. The Montgomery Bus Boycott was the beginning of African Americans fighting for their rights and standing up to stop the separation of races on buses. This book adds interesting photos to help guide the reader to the main points of history and who was involved.
People were separated by race from the moment they were born to the moment they were buried
Blacks had to sit in the back of the bus and sometimes even give up their seats to a white passenger. Inequality is an understatement of how the people in this described in this book went through. Leadership and faith gets this group of people through a gruesome 13 months of finding alternate ways to work. People knew their personally and family safety was at risk but the boycott was long overdue. It was time to show the world that they were wanted reasonable revisions to the busing policy. Mr. ...more
Coral Bachen
Opening with a map of Montgomery, Alabama, 1955-1956, Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott makes some of the most significant moments of the Civil Rights Movement accessible to young readers. My personal favorite part of this book is the photography. I have never seen some of these photos, though I have learned about Bus Boycott in the past. I found that to be refreshing. I also liked the format of the book as a whole; giving each important figure from the Boycotts his/her ow ...more
There is soo much good stuff in this book. I don't know where to begin. Let me first say that some people are misinformed about the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Ask any child who Rosa Parks was and they will quickly tell you that she refused to move to the back of the bus so she started the bus boycott. That is the way the history books have repeated it over the years. But after reading Freedom Walkers, I feel that there is soo much more to this story that haas finally been told. There were people be ...more
Amy Fieldhouse
Informational, biography, print, chapter book, grades 4-12, award-winner
Freedom Walkers is a chapter book that is set, not too long ago, in Montgomery, Alabama, in the time of segregation and Jim Crow laws. The author designed this book to describe the events leading up to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and its key players. The boycott was a major victory in the civil rights movement and Russell Freedman takes an in-depth perspective into the yearlong struggle for civil rights.
Michelle Plucinski
A time in history that changed the way we lived then to the way we live now. The Montgomery Bus Boycott changed the way we saw and treat people now. In the 1950’s segregation of whites and blacks was a major issue that many were trying to tackle. Black individuals had to attend separate schools, stores, their own drinking fountains, and when riding the bus they had to sit in the back and if a white individual got on and there were no seats the black individual had to give their seats up.
Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycot tells the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 to 1956. This is the event that stopped the segregation on all public transportation, mainly buses. This book is a great non-fiction rendition of the events that took place leading up to the event, during the event and the results after the event. Each chapter of this book shares the story of main people from the civil rights movement, some of the well known figures include, Marting Lut ...more
This book was about the Montgomery Bus Boycott. There were several people who took a stand against the Jim Crow laws. Their acts of bravery helped to pave the way for the freedoms that we experience today. This book starts off with Jo Ann Robinson telling of her experience with riding the bus. She reflected on her gleeful feelings as Christmas was approaching. An encounter with a bus driver changed her good mood and humiliated her. She described it as " a deep hurt that would not heal." C
Veronica Smith
This book is about the historical event of the bus boycott. We all learned about this when we were in elementary school but we were never really told the story the way this book tells it. There are so many unknown facts in this book that we believe to be true. For example Rosa Parks was not the first woman to refuse to give up her seat, Claudette Colvin was.
This book teaches you so many things that after this book I found myself rattling off random facts to everyone! It really tells the behind
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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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