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Activity 1: Rosa Parks' Moment

Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Familiarize yourself with the story.
  • Pre-arrange for a participant to read the story.

Description of Activity

Share the introductory material for the story and invite participants to consider the ways Rosa Parks modeled leadership with integrity. Have a participant read the story aloud to the group.

Engage participants in a discussion with these questions:

  • How does this story differ from the popular story about Rosa Parks? Does knowing she was prepared for this moment and this action change your perception of her as a leader?
  • What skills did Rosa Parks need in order to act in this situation? What personal qualities did she have that made her action effective?
  • What spiritual and emotional support might she have drawn on to withstand enormous pressure?

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