Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice
“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...more
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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose is an amazing story of courage, conviction of principals and strength. Claudette, a young lady living in Alabama during the 1950’s, was tired of the segregation laws that were set up against her. This biography shares the story of how Claudette refused to obey by the segregation bus laws and give up her seat to a ...more
Claudette Colvin, at the age of 15, was the first ...more
Claudette had a long day at school and did not want to move her seat ...more
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose, the 2009 National Book Award Winner for Young People’s Literature, is a masterfully crafted, beautifully rendered account of Claudette ...more
She felt the stirrings of disgust at how black people were being treated through several things including the ...more
During the United States Civil Rights Era, who was the first person to refuse to give up her seat to a White person on a Montgomery, Alabama city bus? If you answere ...more
*Hoose, P. (2009). Claudette Colvin: twice toward justice. New York: Melanie Kroupa Books.
*2009 National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature, 2010 Newbery Honor Award, 2009 Robert Sibert Honor Book
*Selected from awards lists
*The post office has recently offered a new commemorative stamp of Rosa Parks. Few people know that there was a teenager that refused to move from her bus seat and made a bigger statement before Ms. Parks’ actions, yet the other’s name has alm ...more
Almost one year before Rosa Parks took her famous stand (or sit – sorry, no pun intended) on a Montgomery bus, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin had already done the same. The difference? Claudette’s actions were spontaneous, a kind of teenage rebellion based partly on her recent school studies about black history and the Constitution and partly on just being tired of tolerating unfair treatment. Rosa’s actions were planned out and strategic, designed ...more
“Right then, I decided I wasn’t gonna take it anymore. I hadn’t planned it out, but my decision was built on a lifetime of nasty experiences.” Claudette Colvin’s unplanned decision was one that would land her in prison, give her a criminal record, and ultimately, create a spark that would help to ignite the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 and 1956 in Montgomery, Alabama. On March 2, 1955, sixteen year- old Claudette Colvin and a few of her classmates climbed aboard the segregated b ...more
But someone else did it first.
On March 2, 1955 a fifteen-year-old girl refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus a full nine mo ...more
Claudette Colvin got pregnant a few months after her arrest for refusing to give up her seat for a white person. As she describes it, she was taken advantage of by an old ...more
Remembering:Describe the Supreme Court case Browder V. Gayle.
Understanding: What is meant by the term "Jim Crow"? How does it pertain to Claudette Colvin?
Applying:Claudette credits Jeremiah Reeve's arrest as the turning point in her life (p.23). Why did this event have such a big impact on her?
Analyzing:Why do you believe Rosa Parks was embraced as the image of the Montgomery Bus Boycott Movement instead of Claudette Colvin, who did the same thing a year earli ...more
He is also the author of the multi-award winning title, The Race to Save the Lord God Bird, the National Book Award Finalist We Were There Too!: Young People in U.S. History, and the Christopher Award-winning manual for ...more
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