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During the civil rights movement, people worked to change segregation laws. Many held peaceful protests. They broke the laws on purpose. They wanted to show the laws were unfair. For example, a group called the Freedom Riders rode buses into the South. Black people and white people sat together.

Rosa Parks rode a bus home from work on December 1, 1955. The driver told her to move so a white man could take her seat. Parks refused. Like Claudette Colvin, Rosa was arrested. Rosa’s action helped inspire more people to join the civil rights movement.

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Making Connections


Have you ever been treated differently because of how you look? How did that make you feel?


Have you read another book about someone who was part of the civil rights movement? How was that person’s life similar to Claudette’s? How was it different?


Segregation caused black people to be treated unequally. What are some ways specific groups of people are treated unfairly today?

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