Rosa’s Bus

Author:  Jo S. Kittinger
Illustrator:  Steven Walker

Rosas BusBus #2857 was an ordinary public bus until a woman named Rosa Parks boarded it one cold December evening in 1955.

Blacks enter through the rear door…that’s just the way things were.

Whites sat up front, “colored” in the back…that’s just the way things were.

Black people weren’t allowed to share a row with white people…that’s just the way things were.

When Rosa was told to give up her seat to a white man,  she remained seated.   Rosa had enough of “that’s just the way things were.”  That winter day the police took Rosa to jail.  As a result, the Montgomery Bus Boycott  began.

rosa parks' busPhoto of Rosa’s bus at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan

Would the boycott work?  How would people get to their jobs without using buses? Would the laws change?  These questions are answered in this thoughtfully written book, which has been called ‘the biography of a bus.” From the streets of Montgomery to the vehicle’s present home in the Henry Ford Museum, this is a great story of a bus and a brave lady who changed history.






Mary Byrne Kline

1.  What does “boycott” mean?
2.  How long did the Montgomery Bus Boycott last?

For older children
3.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The great glory of American democracy is the right to protest for right.” Do you agree?



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