Civil Rights Movement Heroes for Kids (Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr.)
by Borgna Brunner The civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s challenged racism in America and made the country a more just and humane society for all. Below are a few of its many heroes. Rosa Parks Rosa Parks On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks, an African-American seamstress, left work and boarded a bus for home. Martin Luther King, Jr., heard about Parks's brave defiance and launched a boycott of Montgomery buses. Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It wasn't just that Martin Luther King became the leader of the civil rights movement that made him so extraordinary—it was the way in which he led the movement. These peaceful forms of protest were often met with vicious threats, arrests, beatings, and worse. Thurgood Marshall Thurgood Marshall was a courageous civil rights lawyer during a period when racial segregation was the law of the land. His most important case was Brown v. The Little Rock Nine Although Brown v.
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