New Rochelle elementary school teacher gives lesson on an unsung hero of the civil rights movement

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In continuing its celebration of black history month, a school in New Rochelle has taken advantage of a new children’s book written by one of its teachers.

The book, called:  “E.D. Nixon:  The Unsung Father of the Montgomery Bus Boycott,” was written by Michael Eaddy.

The enthusiastic teacher used his book as the basis of a lesson for fifth graders at Davis Elementary school.

“Long before Dr. Martin Luther King, E.D. Nixon was the principal black leader of Montgomery, Alabama.  He helped spark the civil rights movement,” said Eaddy in a video


Dr. Nixon, whose initials E.D. stand for Edgar Daniel, died in 1987.  His son became Michael Eaddy’s  godfather.

“I was wondering what I could do to help preserve his dad’s name, and I called him and I said, ‘Godfather, I know.  I’m going to write a children’s book about your dad, and I’m going to

help mainstream his name.’”

Eaddy fulfilled the promise he made to his godfather six years ago, but E.D. Nixon Jr. died before the book was completed.  The pages are full of illustrations detailing Nixon’s life of

activism.  He played a crucial role in organizing the landmark Montgomery bus boycott in 1955.

Leading up to it was the arrest of Rosa Parks after she refused to give up her seat for a white man.

It was E.D. Nixon who bailed her out of jail.

The more than year- long boycott ended after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a related case that the local and state laws were unconstitutional, and ordered the state to end bus segregation.