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A Glimpse of an Integrated Life



A Glimpse of an Integrated Life

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     challenging words:    diploma, feat, occasionally, reality, military, segregation, actually, public, however, after, finally, during, encouragement, woman, against, fight
     content words:    Rosa Parks, Maxwell Field, President Roosevelt, When Rosa


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A Glimpse of an Integrated Life
By Erin Horner
  

1     After she was married, Rosa Parks finally had a chance to go back to school. She earned her high school diploma. This was quite a feat! Very few black people in Montgomery actually had their degree. Eventually, this helped her land a job at the local air force base, Maxwell Field. By this time, President Roosevelt had declared that military bases could not be segregated. When Rosa was on the base, she rode on an integrated trolley. Black workers and white workers rode together. They also worked together and visited with one another in all of the public places. Once she left the base, however, it was back to society's harsh reality. Segregation laws said that Rosa had to ride in the back of the city buses. Occasionally, a white woman from Maxwell would board the base trolley with her young son. Rosa and the woman enjoyed sitting across from one another. They visited with each other during the ride. Once they arrived at the bus stop in town, everything changed. Rosa boarded the city bus, paid her fare, and moved to .....
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