Rosa Parks: She Made a Difference

Abraham Lincoln

Rosa Parks was a true hero of the American civil rights movement. She became famous for a bus ride she took in 1955. Today, her statue stands in the United States Capitol. And, she’s recognized as a genuine American hero.

Once, somebody asked Rosa Parks how she did it. She answered, “I don’t waste too much time thinking about my problems. I just look around to see what I can do, and then I do it.”

Rosa Parks made her world a better place, and you can make your world better, too. So, the next time something bad happens, don’t give up. Instead, get busy looking for a way to make things better. If you do, you’ll take a back seat to nobody.

Just for fun, see what you learned on the

Just for fun,
see if you can answer these questions.
Was Rosa Parks born in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, or Texas?

Rosa Parks was born in Alabama.

When Rosa Parks made the journey that made her famous, was she on a train, a bus, or a plane?

Rosa Parks’ famous ride took place on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

Is a statue of Rosa Parks located inside the White House, the Supreme Court Building, or the United States Capital?

It’s located in the United States Capital.

How old was Rosa Parks when she died? Was she 42, 52, 62, or 92?

She was 92 when she died in 2005.

Anytime Is a Good Time to Do the Right Thing

The time is always right to do what is right.
Martin Luther King Jr.

If you want to be respected for your actions, then your behavior must be above reproach.
Rosa Parks

Live life as if you’re in a goldfish bowl.
Katherine Anne Porter

A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.
St. Basil

Always be a little kinder than necessary.
James Barrie

More Fun Facts About Rosa Parks’ Home State: Alabama

It’s a Fact: The capital of Alabama is Montgomery. It’s also the city where Rosa Parks made her famous bus ride.

It’s a Fact: The biggest city in Alabama is Birmingham.

It’s a Fact: The abbreviation for Alabama is AL.

It’s a Fact: Huntsville, Alabama is called “Rocket City” because they design and build rockets there.

It’s a Fact: There’s also a space museum and a space camp in Huntsville.

Write Your Own Story

If you have time, you can write your own story.

Here are a couple of story ideas you might want to use:

Idea #1: You can write a brief essay about some of the interesting things you learned about Rosa Parks.


Idea #2: You can write an essay about the courage it took for people like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. to fight for civil rights in America. To learn more about Dr. King, click here.

For ten timely tips for writing brief essays, click here.

Today's Ryder Riddle
Today's End-of-the-Line Riddle:
Why is Alabama the Smartest State?

Because it got four A’s and only one B.

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