Essay The Life & Legacy of Rosa Parks

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Informative speech outline- courtesy of Tiffany Smith who gave this speech right after Rosa Parks died.

Title: The Life & Legacy of Rosa Parks

Speech pattern: Topical
Attention-getting technique: Provocative statement

“ We are asking every Negro to stay off the buses Monday in protest of the arrest and trial…You can afford to stay out of school for one day. If you work, take a cab or walk, but please children and grownups, don’t ride the bus at all on Monday. Please stay off the buses.”

What would cause someone to say these words? The woman who started a movement to end Jim Crow and allow African-Americans to have the same rights as any other American. The woman’s name is Rosa Parks.
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Blacks learned that when they supported each other, they had a voice. E. The boycott ended when the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregated seating on buses was unconstitutional.

(But this landmark legal victory would not come without a personal cost to Rosa Parks)

IV. After the Movement

A. Parks lost her job as a seamstress as a result of the Montgomery boycott.
B. She was heralded as a troublemaker by some, and heroine by others.
C. In 1999 she was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
D. She died Oct. 24 of this year.

(In conclusion…)

In conclusion, most historians date the beginning of the civil rights movement in the U.S. to the day, December 1, 1955 when a petite woman named Rosa Parks did a simple, but courageous act. This is why she’s called “the mother of the civil rights movement.” Her contribution to help African Americans and in turn, all Americans to be treated fairly has been recognized throughout the world. Her funeral was attended by presidents and world leaders. In fact, she was the first woman in American history to lie in state at the Capitol, an honor usually reserved for presidents of the U.S. So if you ever wonder whether one person can make a difference, think of the 38-year-old seamstress who sparked the civil rights movement and you’ll know the answer. Rosa Parks’ life proves that one person can make a difference and shape the course of a nation.