46. Rosa Parks


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Rosa Parks…One Person Can Make A Difference!

The Rosa Parks statue was unveiled in Statuary Hall in Washington D.C. yesterday. The nine-foot statue has Ms. Parks sitting on a bench. She has a determined look on her face signifying her struggles. This statue was created by Eugene Daub and Rob Fermin. The duo won out over 115 other designers and sculptors. Daub and Fermin decided on the bench representation of Rosa Parks you see in the photo rather than one of her sitting on a bus seat. They felt the story they were memorializing should be about Rosa not the bus.

The statue should have been unveiled on December 1, they day Rosa was too tired and too resolute to give up her seat on the bus. It should have been commissioned and completed long before her death in 2005. The Montgomery bus strike that followed and the Supreme Court decision eleven months later changed history.


The picture posted on this site and taken by Tom Williams has President Obama and Terrell Anderson, Jr., a three-year old relative of Ms. Parks in it.

Here are some things you can do to commemorate this historic unveiling.
Rent the film The Rosa Parks Story starring Angela Bassett.

Read the book Rosa by Nikki Giovanni or Rosa’s Bus by Kittinger and Walker with your daughter or donate one of the books to your local school library.

Visit Rosa Parks’s grave at www.findagrave .com and leave a virtual flower message or poem.

Walk outside your house and hold your fist up, clutch the bus hold-on strap or hold-on bar in your mind and think of the years you rode this bus standing, tired, and forbidden to sit down. Then think of Rosa Parks and say: Thank You!


Cobie Smulders…If you enjoy Cobie Smulders on the television show How I Met Your Mother, as she trades barbs with Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segal, and Alyson Hannigan, you will enjoy her in Safe Haven with Julianne Hough and Josh DuHamel. It is one of five new movies she is making in the next two years as she shows her acting range. She has roles in favorites from The Avengers to Captain America to a lead role in They Came Together. In Safe Haven, she plays Hough’s next-door neighbor, new friend, and voice of reason. Nicholas Sparks tells another love story while forming an enigmatic look at a widower and the new troubled woman in the neighborhood. Once again, Sparks’s story is set on the North Carolina coast.


Children’s Literature I…The Ghost of Sifty, Sifty Sam) by Angela Shelf Medearis has you deciding if you would enter a haunted house on a $5,000 bet. Those that took the bet before have either disappeared or lost their minds. Dan the cook needs the money. He, of course, is doomed! Do I look like the type of person that would have you read a book without a happy ending? Doomed is doomed in anyone’s book, so I can’t help you there.

If the Ghosts in Sifty Sam scare you, you can always read There is A Nightmare In My Closet by Mercer Mayer. A young child afraid of sleep because of the nightmare in his closet meets the nightmare. He finds that the nightmare is just as frightened as he is. The picture of them huddled up together and shaking in bed is a classic. Maybe this story will help a frightened child with bad dreams or maybe it will make them worse. Read something on biblio-therapy for this and other sleep answers

Writing Prose… Just Write It, An English Theme

Langston Hughes in his poem Theme For English B seems to be saying the same thing that every writing teacher tries to say to his or her pupils: just write!!! Many will say they don’t know what to write about? What did Hughes write about is the first thing I would ask readers of this column?

Couldn’t anyone put their thoughts down in the same way Langston Hughes did? If you write the ideas presented in each column your journal should be impressive and encourage you to write even more.


Theme For English B

The instructor said,

Go home and write

A page tonight.

And let that page come out of you—

Then, it will be true.

I wonder if it’s that simple?

I am twenty-two, colored, born in Winston-Salem.

I went to school there, then Durham, then here

To this college on the hill above Harlem.

I am the only colored person in my class.

The steps from the class lead down to Harlem,

Through a park, then I cross St. Nicholas,

Eighth Avenue, Seventh, and I come to the Y,

The Harlem Branch Y, where I take the elevator

Up to my room, sit down, to write this page:

In following the theme, above you can write right over Langston Hughes’ words with your own. Start by writing about your best friend encouraging you to get something down on a piece of paper. Follow these thoughts with your path home and maybe some of the things you see on the way. Place your notes below before writing your piece of prose in the form of Theme For English B.


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New visitor’s comments are welcome, too. They are immediately placed on this page in the contributor’s comment section or are shared with the column’s readers on Sunday. You are welcome, also, to suggest topics for discussion or enlist help from the site’s family of readers. I am a compendium of useless information. Challenge me, please, with great theater, travel, history, books, movies, and educational issues that would interest a wide audience of readers. The “compendium comment” was stolen from Orson Bean. Bean used the quote many times on television talk show interviews. Please recommend my column to your friends and other lovers of discussion.


About tjpalumbo

Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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