Donna's Reviews > Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott (Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award

Freedom Walkers by Russell Freedman
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Jun 30, 09

bookshelves: nonfiction, teen, history, children
Read in June, 2009

Ordinary people (not just extraordinary leaders) in 1950s Montgomery, Alabama united to end segregated buses. African Americans were required to sit in the backs of buses and give up their seats to white riders. After brave women including Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks were arrested for refusing to give up their seats, a citywide boycott was organized. A car pool was formed to get people to and from work and school. Others walked for miles each day. The boycott lasted for over a year, despite police harrassment and death threats. Full of historical photographs and moving words.
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