Monthly Archives: September 2014

Black History Month and the Civil Rights Movement

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Hi Year 6!

Today we looked at some of Maya Angelou’s poetry.  She was around during the civil rights movement in the fifties and was friends with Martin Luther King.  We looked at how black people and white people were segregated at that time. Black people experienced extreme racial prejudice; for example, when travelling on the bus, they had to sit at the back!

Someone in Koala’s class asked if anyone ever stood up for themselves and their rights.  Good question!  And yes! There were quite a few courageous people who did.  Martin Luther King was one of them.  Read about him here: Martin Luther King Biography

And Rosa Parks was another – she sat down at the front of the bus! Click on the link and watch this short clip to hear about her story:

Rosa Parks’ story