African lion Sahar runs through his outdoor exhibit in our Photo of the Week. Besides exercise, the 5-year-old big cat can count on a special “hot rock” to stay warm in the snow. (He can always head inside too!)
In anticipation of Rosa Park’s birthday on February 4, we found this copy of Freedom Walkers: The Story of Montgomery
Bus Boycott (signed by author and historian Russel Freedman). Don’t let the fact that this
book was written for young adults fool you into thinking that it isn’t
absolutely packed with valuable history. Pictured
above are a childhood photo of Claudette Colvin, the 16-year-old who sparked
the Montgomery Bus Boycott by refusing to give up the seat that was legally
hers for white passengers; pedestrians boycotting the bus system; Martin Luther
King, Jr. and Coretta King after he was found guilty for leading an “illegal”
boycott; and Rosa Parks riding in a newly integrated bus.
R. (2006). Freedom walkers: The
story of the Montgomery bus boycott. New York: Holiday House.
the Hipple Young Adult Collection, University of South Florida Libraries
Semien Mountains are located in Northern Ethiopia. A world Heritage site, the mountains are a part of the Semien Mountains National Park.
The mountains were created from lava outpourings, between 40 and 25 million years ago.
The tallest is Ras Dashen. At 4,550m high, Ras Dashen is the highest peak in Ethiopia, and the tenth highest in Africa. Due to the extreme heights, this is one of the few places in Africa where snow can regularly fall.
The mountains are dotted with small villages, connected by tracks. These villages were first occupied by Ethiopian Jews, who used the cover of the mountains to hide from attack by Christian Emperors.
Below the cut are 215+ faceclaims of colour who are, or could pass as, teenagers that you could use to make your high school roleplays more diverse! Organised by ethnicity, gender and age, with their specific ethnicity listed.
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Queen Elizabeth National Park occupies the land between Lake George in the north-east, and Lake Edward in the South-west. The national park was founded in 1952, as Kazinga National Park, and was renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II.
Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Chimpanzee’s, Leopards and Elephants are all protected in this park. Especially famous are the parks unique tree climbing lions.
Madagascar is famous for its biodiversity. 90% of the species of flora and fauna found on the island are not found anywhere else in the world.
The Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park sits on the west coast and and is characterised by its sharp limestone formations that create what is known as the stone forest. These rocks make the forest nearly impenetrable, and are razor sharp, cutting easily through protective clothing and flesh.
this day in 1955, Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old black seamstress from
Alabama, refused to give up her seat on a bus for a white man. A member
of the NAACP, Parks was returning home from a long day at work when the
bus driver ordered her to give up her seat on the full bus for a white
man. No stranger to civil rights activism, she was
subsequently arrested for civil disobedience in defying the state’s Jim
Crow racial segregation laws. Through this act of
defiance, Parks sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, during which time
African-Americans - under the leadership of a young, charismatic
reverend called Martin Luther King Jr. - refused to use the city buses,
arguing that they should be integrated per the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision.
The boycott was successful in forcing Montgomery to end its
discriminatory segregation laws, and marked the beginning of the main
phase of what is now known as the Civil Rights Movement. From
Montgomery, African-Americans across the United States went on to lead
sit-ins, freedom rides, and political marches, in an attempt to bring an
end to segregation laws which had oppressed their community for so
long. These activists were all indebted to Rosa Parks - known as the
‘mother of the Civil Rights Movement’ - for her simple act of defiance,
firmly asserting her humanity and her rights as an American citizen. As
the movement grew, Parks remained an influential symbol and leader of
the movement, which ultimately brought an end to legal segregation and
forced Congress to pass the 1964 Civil Rights and 1965 Voting Rights
Acts. As for Parks herself, the affair of her arrest and the subsequent
boycott caused her to lose her job and made her a victim of harassment
and threats. She moved to Detriot and in 1965 began to work in the
office of Congressman John Conyers. In 1999, Rosa Parks was awarded the
Congressional Gold Medal for her role in transforming American race
relations, and upon her death in 2005 she lay in state at the U.S.
Capitol. Today, 60 years on, we remember Rosa Parks’s personal bravery, the successes of the movement she inspired, and the steps yet to be taken as the struggle against systemic racism continues.
“People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I
was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically, or no more
tired than I usually was at the end of a working day…No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in”