DIRECTIONS: Read the assignment prompt. Use the material in the right pane to review the sources and your answers from the Inquiry page, by selecting a source and then using the tabs. Compose your answer in the box on the left. Use the email form to send your answer to your instructor.

ASSIGNMENT: Some books say something like this: "Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a White man. African Americans heard this and decided to boycott the buses." But this is a brief description of a complex event. Write a more complete answer to the question: Why did the boycott of Montgomery’s buses succeed?

Use the documents and your background knowledge to support your ideas. Include specific examples and quotes.




These definitions should help with reading comprehension.

  • duplicating room: copy room
  • WPC: Women's Political Council
  • the college's: This refers to Alabama State College where Robinson was an English professor

Don't Ride the Bus!

Robinson and others produced thousands of copies of this leaflet. The leaflet is also available at The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institutes' Liberation Curriculum as a PDF.

Historian Think Aloud

Professor Fred Astren is reading Jo Ann Robinson's account of the leaflet printing.

Using the Think Aloud

Listen to educator Daisy Martin explain how to use the Think Aloud in analyzing the document.

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