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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justiceby Phillip Hoose
Winner of The National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2009
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“When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You cant sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, ‘This is not right.” - Claudette Colvin
On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed up with the daily injustices of Jim Crow segregation, refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Instead of being celebrated as Rosa Parks would be just nine months later, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin found herself shunned by her classmates and dismissed by community leaders. Undaunted, a year later she dared to challenge segregation again as a key plaintiff in Browder v. Gayle, the landmark case that struck down the segregation laws of Montgomery and swept away the legal underpinnings of the Jim Crow South.
Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.
Claudette Colvin is the 2009 National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature and a 2010 Newbery Honor Book.
Before Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin, a teenager who knew her constitutional rights and was willing to get arrested to prove it. Through Colvin's recollections, an informative narrative and archival photos, Hoose gives new immediacy to one of the civil rights movement's monumental achievements: the Montgomery bus boycott. Roused by injustices around her and by what she'd learned about black... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review) history in school, the 15-year-old Colvin refused to give her bus seat to a white woman on March 2, 1955. She was rewarded with vile treatment by police, time in a jail cell and a mixed reception from her own community. Colvin came into contact with Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. (making his political debut on her behalf) and other leaders, but many of her elders and peers dismissed Colvin's civil disobedience. The movement's leaders evidently sidelined her when she became pregnant, a development that Colvin and Hoose deal with straightforwardly. In 1956, as some violently expressed their rage against racial progress, Colvin nevertheless testified in a landmark segregation case. Again, her age and circumstances didn't diminish her courage. Reviewed by Abby McGanney Nolan, Washington Post Book World (Copyright 2006 Washington Post Book World Service/Washington Post Writers Group)
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On March 2, 1955, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. In her own words, Claudette gives a detailed look at segregated life in 1950s Memphis and the start of the civil rights movement.
Before Rosa Parks, there was 15-year-old Claudette Colvin. Now available in paperback: her National Book Award-wining story, told by the incomparable Phillip Hoose.
About the Author
PHILLIP HOOSE’s distinguished nonfiction includes the National Book Award Finalist We Were There, Too!: Young People in U.S. History and The Race to Save the Lord God Bird, winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Nonfiction. He lives in Portland, Maine.
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