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Colored: The unsung life of Claudette Colvin

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Based on the book "Noire" by Tania de Montagne

A few months before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, kicking off the U.S. civil rights movement, making headlines around he world and becoming an enduring symbol of the fight for dignity and equality, another young black woman refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in M
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Published April 17th 2019
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Queen Cronut
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A simple yet compelling graphic novel about Claudette Colvin, one of the many overlooked figures in American history who helped fight for civil rights. What amazed me was Claudette Colvin could've had the legacy Rosa Parks holds in history yet never received the recognition because she was a minor and considered an unrespectable model because of her unexpected teen pregnancy (it is implied that she was raped by a white man). This was a fascinating and riveting narrative of Claudette Colvin's lif ...more
Etienne
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
An adaptation of the book "Noire" by Tania de Montagne, which I didn’t read so can’t really compare both. But for this book alone, I find it to be a good representation of what it was like to live in that time as a black person. It offer good history and social background and it’s presented in an easy to understand format that could be accessible to a vast majority. Of course if you already know about that time and already learn or read on that subject, you won’t learn much, because all of it wa ...more
Sharlene
This book was an eye opener for me. I knew of Rosa Parks of course but I had not heard of Claudette Colvin before reading this.

In 1955, she was arrested after she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. This was a few months before Rosa Parks’ arrest.

Colvin pleaded not guilty and sued the state.

She later was one of the plaintiffs who testified in the federal court case to challenge bus segregation. But Colvin was a teenager and was perceived as unrespectable be
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Bruna Miranda
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have to admit I had never had about Claudette Colvin before learning about this graphic novel and Tania de Montagne's book, "Noire". Not proud of it, however it comes to show one of the two biggest messages of this book: that behind every great name in History there are some many others that weren't on the right place at the right time or fit the profile necessary to be the face of that great event. It is not at all a criticism or a way of erasing Rosa Parks' importance and role on the Black m ...more
Emma
Un album magnifique qui reprend l'histoire de Claudette Colvin et montre de façon remarquable à quel point son nom a glissé dans l'oubli dès les années 50, à quel point elle a été totalement effacée des livres d'histoire et de la mémoire collective.

J'ai beaucoup aimé les dessins à base de noir, blanc et de beaucoup marron, ce qui collait bien au sujet.
Et j'ai également apprécié la narration qui nous invite souvent à nous mettre dans la peau des personnages (principalement de Claudette), l'autr
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Karine
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Je continue dans ma lancée de BD/romans graphiques sur des personnalités peu ou pas connues, et celle-ci n'échappe pas à la règle. J'ai beaucoup aimé le choix des couleurs dans les tons blancs, marrons et orangés qui renforcent de façon simple le contexte de la ségrégation.
Alexis
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Colored: the unsung life of Claudette Colvin isn’t a book that I would usually pick up from the library, but when I was scrolling through NetGalley, the title of the novel caught my eye. As a graphic novel, I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of storytelling with pictures versus words.

Every student in the United States who has passed middle school has heard the name Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr., but has anyone ever heard of Claudette Colvin? This is one of those moments where I feel
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Sophielit
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C’est d’abord la curiosité qui m’a attirée vers cette bande dessinée. Claudette Colvin ? Qui est-elle ? Puis j’ai été emballée par le début du récit, dans lequel l’autrice prend le lecteur par la main et l’entraine à Montgomery. « Prenez une grande inspiration. Quittez le lieu qui est le vôtre […] Vous quittez la côte pour entrer dans les terres. Vous roulez vers l’Ouest. Vous voici à Montgomery. Désormais, vous êtes noir. » Finalement, j’ai été vraiment surprise de découvrir l’histoire de cette ...more
Arvenig
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
First of all thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Review:
This graphic novel is a very interesting read about the unsung life of Claudette Colvin, who, when she was only 15 years old, protested against segregation, refusing to let her seat to a white man on the bus. I really don’t know why, but even if I know something about Rosa Parks, I’ve never heard anything about Claudette.
The story is powerful and fa
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layla
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley.

I snagged this as soon as I saw it was available on NetGalley because I’ve recently heard Claudette Colvin mentioned and wanted to know more of her story. Unfortunately, I was left a little disappointed with this version of it.

The writing felt very disjointed. It felt like getting a very basic run through of Claudette Colvin’s life. I feel like this is a good jumping off point if you want to know the very basic facts of Claudette Colvin’s l
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Wayne McCoy
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
'Colored: The unsung life of Claudette Colvin with art and text by Emilie Plateau is a graphic novel adaptation of the book "Noire" by Tania de Montagne.

Told in a sort of second person narrative, the reader is put in to a story about a young woman living in a town under Jim Crow laws. When she is thrown off a bus and thrown in jail, she wants to start a bus boycott. This is not Rosa Parks. This is Claudette Colvin and this happened a few months before Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott.

W
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Nicolas Lontel
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Belle BD d'Émilie Plateau basé sur le roman Noire : La vie méconnue de Claudette Colvin de Tania de Montaigne qui raconte le refus de Claudette Colvin de céder sa place dans un autobus à un Blanc à Montgomery bien avant Rosa Parks.

La BD raconte cet événement en nous plongeant dans la ville et la peau de Colvin dans une esthétique 2D unique à l'autrice. Cette dernière élabore aussi plus longuement sur la contestation des lois Jim Crow et de la ségrégation suites aux actions de 4 autres femmes (in
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Cynthia
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
A short graphic/comic book telling about the life of Claudette Colvin, who as a young girl of 14 years in Montgomery AL, actually did what Rosa Parks became famous for.....months BEFORE Parks did it...refusing to give up her seat on the bus. This book tells why Claudette didn't receive the fame that Parks did. At this writing, C. Colvin is 79 y/o! This book's artwork is really good, yet simply drawn & colored in shades of browns. The 'Historical Notes' at the end are very good, telling about ...more
Camille
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Colored" is such a powerful graphic novel. The colour palette works really well and is used in a clever manner and I like the way you as the reader is made to be part of the story. I had never heard of Claudette Colvin before, and found her story so sad. I'm glad I got to learn about her life. The writing is skilled - so much is said with very few words.
I haven't read the book from which it is adapted, so I can't compare the two, but I thought it was perfectly fine on its own as a standalone.
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Alexa
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
A huge thanks to Net Galley and the publishers for the digital copy of this book I received in exchange for an honest review.

This book was amazing. The art was phenomenal and the narrative innovative. Everybody has heard of Rosa Parks and not enough have heard of Claudette Colvin. Her role in the Civil Rights Movement has been all but erased and this is problematic for many reasons that I won't bore you with here. Hopefully this book helps bring more light to the part Claudette Colvin played.

Michelle
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this graphic novel. I liked the monochromatic color scheme (it helped to drive the nature of the story home). I learned a great deal about the Montgomery Bus Boycotts, specifically that this situation was more than Rosa Parks--and that she was chosen to be the face of this movement because her story was more attractive than that of Claudette Colvin.

Kudos to the author and the publisher for shedding light on this time period.
Didi
Prior to reading Colored, I’ve never heard about Claudette Colvin. My American history is very limited and knew only basic points of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King. Being of a minority race in my country, I would never had survived if I were to live like Claudette. Made me feel that I take racial (and religious) harmony for granted.
Lisa Stein
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this. So informative. I learned many things that I didn’t know, things that I somehow thought were truth were not, so very enlightening. This graphic novel is very well done, I recommend that everyone reads it.

Thank you to NetGalley for the arc. All opinions are my own.
Elsa
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lisez le roman plutôt
xueh wei
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this graphic memoir was amazing & eye-opening. (proper review soon!)

*Thank you Netgalley for this copy in return for an honest review.
Fanfan
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cette bande-dessinée est magnifique. Le dessin est à la fois minimaliste et précis, on rentre immédiatement dans l'histoire. C'est une vrai réussite.
Stefanie Kellum
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
*I read a digital ARC of this title from the publisher via NetGalley.
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