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Claudette Colvin

Twice Toward Justice

Hoose, Phillip M.

(Book - 2009)
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"When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can't 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.nbsp; Claudette Colvin is the 2009 National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature and a 2010 Newbery Honor Book.

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Publisher: New York : Melanie Kroupa Books, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0374313229
9780374313227
Branch Call Number: j B-Co726h 2009
Characteristics: 133 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm

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On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager named Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

"When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can't 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 ... Read More »

The revealing and page-turning account of young Claudette Colvin who, as a black teenager in 1955 Montgomery, was arrested and jailed for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white woman - 9 months before Rosa Parks made headlines for a similar refusal.

On March 2, 1955, fifteen-year-old Colvin, fed up with the daily injustices of segregation, refused to give her seat to a white woman on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Instead of being celebrated, Colvin found herself shunned by her classmates and dismissed by community leaders.

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.


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In 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, black teenager Claudette refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white woman. Nine months later, Rosa Parks did the same thing, sparking off the Montgomery bus boycott and changing the face of the South. Why do we all know Rosa Parks, but not Claudette Colvin?

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