Black History Month and the Civil Rights Movement


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


4 thoughts on “Black History Month and the Civil Rights Movement

  1. zikra

    I really enjoyed reading the poem that Maya Angelou wrote; Did you know that Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. She grew up in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas where she was subject to severe racial discrimination.
    Her actual birth name is Marguerite Johnson.
    Maya’s older brother, Bailey Jr., nicknamed her “Maya,” meaning “my sister.”
    She grew up in Stamps, Ark., (the state where she recently had to cancel a reading because of “an unexpected ailment”).
    She then wrote this really lovely letter as an apology.
    When she was a teenager, Maya won a scholarship to study dance and drama at San Francisco’s Labor School.
    But when she was 14 years old she dropped out of school to become San Francisco’s first African-American female cable car conductor.
    She gave birth to her first and only child — her son, Guy — when she was 16 years old.
    She never went to college but has received more than 50 honorary degrees.

    1. tjohn3.211 Post author

      What interesting facts Zikra! I didn’t know Maya Angelou’s real name – moreover, I didn’t know that Maya Angelou wasn’t her real name! Thank you for sharing.

      Miss John

  2. zikra

    Did you know that Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat to a white passenger, spurring the Montgomery boycott and other efforts to end segregation.Also On October 24, 2005, at the age of 92, Rosa Parks died in her apartment in Detroit, Michigan.Another thing did you know February 4, 2013 marks what would have been Rosa Parks’s 100th birthday. In celebration of Parks’s centennial, memorial ceremonies and other events honoring the civil rights activist have been planned nationwide.


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