Search Alex Haley Tribute Site
View Sitemap | Search Tips
Walking For Freedom: The Montgomery Bus Boycott
Walking For Freedom: The Montgomery Bus Boycott
(Richard Kelso, Alex Haley, Michael Newton)

Walking For Freedom: The Montgomery Bus BoycottWalking For Freedom (October 1992)
Walking For Freedom: The Montgomery Bus Boycott is an illustrated novel that recounts how the Montgomery, Alabama black community organized and participated in the 1955 bus boycott which ended segregation on public buses.
On December 1, 1955, when a tired Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, the police were called and she was arrested.
In a show of unity and support for Mrs. Parks, the African American community of Montgomery launched a boycott of city buses. Together they organized a peaceful protest to challenge the unfair segregation laws in America. After 381 days of taking taxis, carpooling, and walking the hostile streets of Montgomery, African Americans eventually won their fight to desegregate seating on public buses, not only in Montgomery, but throughout the United States.
Richard Kelso is a published author and an editor of several children's books. Some of his published credits include: Walking for Freedom: The Montgomery Bus Boycott (Stories of America), Building a Dream: Mary Bethune's School (Stories of America) and Days of Courage: The Little Rock Story (Stories of America).
Michael Newton is a published author and an illustrator of young adult and children's books. Some of his published credits include: Walking for Freedom: The Montgomery Bus Boycott (Stories of America), Savage Girls and Wild Boys: A History of Feral Children, and Gangs and Gang Crimes (Criminal Investigations).
Alex Haley, as General Editor, wrote the following introduction:
Introduction By Alex Haley, General Editor
Sit down. Stand up. No one likes to be told what to do. Move over there. Come here. Commands have a way of stinging like bees. Sometimes their stings are poisonous. Whites only. Get out of that seat. Segregation was a poisoned command. It was a set of laws and customs that kept black people and white people apart.
But not just apart. Segregation gave white people the best schools. It gave them the best parks and libraries. It gave them the best seats on a bus or a train. It gave black people nothing. Instead it threatened them with jail or violence whenever a command was questioned.
The story you are about to read is about what happens when a community of people say, "Enough." Enough unfairness. Enough segregation. Enough and no more. It's a story of how a community's courage and determination can rob the bee of its sting. ~ Alex Haley.
(The above Foreword by Alex Haley is presented under the Creative Commons License. © 1993 Dialogue Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
Walking For Freedom: The Montgomery Bus Boycott • Reviews
"This book is absolutely wonderful!! :-) I love it. Walking For Freedom really gives you useful information on events leading to the boycott and what it was like for the people. You get a clear understanding of how harsh whites were to blacks and how these brave people like Jo Ann Robinson came up with ideas to end segregation." - Boston, Massachusetts.
"Walking For Freedom is a non-fiction book telling the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, starting with Jo Ann Robinson who sat in a seat reserved for whites, continuing with the story of Claudette Clovin who refused to give up her seat, and Rosa Parks, who had enough gumption to be one who took her experience to fight for change." - Pulaski, Illinois.
"For those of us who never actually got to study the 1960s in school, this illustrated children's history book is an excellent primer to what really happened. Walking For Freedom: The Montgomery Bus Boycott is absolutely awe-inspiring." - Waco, Texas.
"Walking For Freedom is a good beginning book about the Montgomery Bus Boycott that charged the nation for the height of the Civil Rights movement. It also covers how many others in the black community contributed by boycotting the Montgomery bus system for 13 months before the U.S. Supreme court ruled against segregation on the public transportation services." - Clover, South Carolina.
"Walking For Freedom recounts Rosa Parks's arrest for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white rider—and how the news mobilized local African Americans, culminating in the Montgomery bus boycott." - Cambium Learning.

Please "Like" Our Page On Facebook: Alex Haley Tribute Page
© 2010 – 2017  Darren Desepoli – All Rights Reserved – Click Here For: | Privacy Policy | Testimonials Page | Creative Commons License Usage