Rosa Parks, Reformer
Mamie Eisenhower: Religion, Social Issues and Reform
Skill: Elementary School
Time Required: One class period
The decision by Rosa Parks in 1955 to refuse to give up her seat on a public bus came only a year after the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision in Topeka, Kansas was made by the Supreme Court. Both of these events occurred during Ike’s first administration, and Mamie was surely aware of them.
1. Ask students if they are familiar with Rosa Parks. Review her “story” with them and her contribution to the Civil Rights movement, the immediate results (her arrest) and long-range results.
2. Ask students to reflect on something about which they feel that strongly. Have them write a story about it in which a person takes clear action that leads to positive social change.
This lesson was developed by Bette Brooks, Kent State University.