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Hardcover Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice Book

ISBN: 0374313229

ISBN13: 9780374313227

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

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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,... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Inspiring story, gifted storyteller

Phil Hoose tells Colvin's story eloquently, in part because one never has the sense he gets in the way of Claudette telling her own story. A truly gifted writer, he frames the narrative, giving it rich, vivid context. He is a witness; he comments by letting the story, the times, and the images speak for themselves. Hoose lets us come to our own conclusions and make up our own minds. His telling of this courageous young woman's story speaks to us of our own power to create change, and our responsibility to do so. After finishing this book one of my middle school students said, "I've learned it's up to me to do something about things I think are wrong and not wait for the President, or someone else, to do it." A perfect description of active citizenship. An extraordinary book - one that should be part of every middle or high school curriculum.

engrossing story of a teenage civil rights activist

Most American school children know the story of Rosa Parks, but few know that before Rosa Parks started her protest there was a brave young teen who challenged the segregation laws in Montgomery, Alabama. This is an amazing story - I read it in one sitting, it was so engrossing - of Claudette Colvin and her courage to speak up against the injustices of segregation. It's a great nonfiction for young adults - clear, descriptive background information, and many first-person accounts from interviews with Claudette and others. Fantastic. I think it would be great for kids in 5th grade and up.

Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

Nine months before Rosa Parks famously and courageously took a stand against the stranglehold of the Jim Crow laws, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin also refused to give up her seat to a white person on a crowded Montgomery city bus. Claudette's bold move added fuel to the outrage that African Americans felt toward the oppression, ignorance, and hatred associated with the country's segregation laws. However, local leaders of the African American community perceived Claudette's youth, personality, and class to be unsuitable for holding her up as the key figure to initiate a mass boycott of the city's bus system. Rosa Parks assumed this role nine months later, thus precipitating more than a year of organized protest to end segregated busing in Montgomery. During this process, Claudette engaged in a second courageous action that played a major role in the civil rights movement: she served as one of four plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit Browder v. Gayle that abolished segregated bus seating in Alabama. In Claudette Colvin, Phillip Hoose shines the spotlight on Claudette's motivation and anguish around two actions that hitherto remained fairly obscure in the historical record. Along the way, readers are given a jarring reminder of the heavy oppression, fear, and humiliation that African Americans experienced on a daily basis as a result of the country's institutionalized discrimination. This book provides a vivid demonstration of the power of organized resistance and the importance of social justice for all people.

Great History

This book was very informing. I learned something I did not know. I always wondered why my father drew our feet and took the drawings to the store. I did not know that Blacks could not try on the shoes. It does make sense. The book put a lot of closure to some things I often wondered about.

Anger, Sadness and Pride

As a native of Alabama (Selma) and a graduate of Alabama State University, I had heard about Claudette Colvin but the informational was skeletal at best. To actually read her account of events and know that an ordinary teenager did an extraordinary thing that sparked the movement led by Dr. King is something I will always cherish. Would love to have learned about her life after Montgomery (Claudette moved to New York where she lives today) and her views regarding discrimination in the north. Great book, great person, historical treasure.

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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice in They Spoke Up
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Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • June 12, 2020

As we celebrate the swell of activism and action in support of justice and equality, we're taking the opportunity to amplify the voices and stories of some of the key women and girls behind the civil rights movement. They had to fight to be heard and we applaud them!

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