Stand up for what’s right: “I am Rosa Parks”

Bestselling author Brad Meltzer once said, “Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in it.” That was the initial inspiration behind his Ordinary People Change the World series of nonfiction books for children. From the start, Meltzer wanted to teach his own kids about what it meant to be a good person, so who better than historical icons like Abe Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and Lucille Ball to set an example? Meltzer is quick to point out, though, that his books aren’t just about history—they’re about character.

Have you read any of the books from the Ordinary People Change the World series? Today, the author himself is going to read you the picture-book biography called I am Rosa Parks. In this read-along, you’ll learn how other kids made fun of Rosa Parks when she was a little girl, thinking she’d be an easy target. But pretty quickly, Rosa Parks learned how to stand up for herself.

Rosa Parks was also treated unfairly because of the color of her skin. Because she was Black, she couldn’t drink from the same water fountain or use the same restroom as white people. She couldn’t even attend the same school as white children. Unfortunately, even as Rosa Parks grew older, things didn’t change much. People continued to be judged by their skin color.

One day, when Rosa Parks was 42 years old, she was riding on a local city bus in Montgomery, Alabama. What she did on the bus that afternoon would end up changing history. Watch this video read-along to see for yourself what Rosa Parks did to ignite a nationwide movement, proving that, when it comes to equality and doing what’s right, we’re all in this together.

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