Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice

Hoose, Phillip.  Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2009. This is a thoughtful biography of Claudette Colvin, a teenager whose energy, drive, intelligence and thirst for justice pushed her to put herself on the line not once, but twice, in the battle for African American civil rights. Colvin challenged bus segregation laws in Montgomery Alabama months before Rosa Park's challenge tripped the massive 1955 boycott. And with characteristic determination, she challenged them again through the courts as a plaintiff in the Federal class action suit that ruled bus segregation laws unconstitutional. Intricate history of the period based in impeccable research blends smoothly with Colvin's own words and adult reflections on her life and actions.This substantive photo-biography is a remarkable portrait of a young person's impact on the civil rights movement and the effects of the civil rights movement upon her life. Honor Book for Older Children 2010.

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