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Claudette Colvin by Phillip M. Hoose
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Sep 25, 09

bookshelves: children, history, nonfiction, teen, biography
Read in September, 2009

This is a great book about a little known civil rights activist. Claudette Colvin was just 15 years old when she refused to give up her bus seat for a white person. "It's my constitutional right!" she declared, as Montgomery, Alabama police officers pulled her off the bus; this was 9 months before Rosa Parks made her famous protest. Colvin later provided key testimony in a landmark court case against segregation, Browder vs. Gayle.

Hoose interviewed Colvin 14 times for this book, and also interviewed lawyer Fred Gray and other civil rights advocates. His sources are all well-documented. Well-written and chock full of historical photos and interesting (but not distracting) sidebars.
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