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Colored: The unsung life of Claudette Colvin

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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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Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english, arc, comics
***Advance Review Copy generously provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Edit: I just noticed that this book is mine 1300 book rated and I think I am actually pretty happy that this milestone got a five-star rating.

Okay, now I'm angry at myself. I got this book in May, but it took me until now to read it.

And I'm speechless.

The segregation, Jim Crow and then the Civil Rights Movement. I read so much about those, and it still surprises me how much I still do not know. It's
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea that 15 year-old Claudette Colvin had refused to give up her seat on a bus, and had been jailed for it, months before Rosa Parks. And that because of various reasons to do with a Colvin’s personal life, she was omitted from mention as organizers needed people to headline the desegregation effort in Montgomery. Claudette Colvin was so brave, and it’s a pity her name was forgotten for years.
The comic’s artwork is a combination of little, kind of scribbly drawings surrounded by lots o
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
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
Queen Cronut
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
Ed Erwin
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Montgomery Alabama, 1955, a Black woman gets tired of being pushed around and refuses to give up her seat to a White person. She gets arrested, accused of assaulting the police among other charges. Eventually this leads to boycotts, protests and eventually a change in the laws. The woman's name was Claudette Colvin.

Why do we remember the name Rosa Parks but not her? Short answer: Rosa Parks was organized. She planned her action in advance and had people ready to publicize and support her action,
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's painful to read about such discrimination and assaults towards the black people, and to know that these things are still happening.

Where's the so called development and advancements that everyone is talking about when we are still behaving the same way a century ago?

We human are the circus lot still.

It's actually funny to read about the false charges and the various false accusations made on a 15 year old just because she was black while it was the white police officers who took advantage
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
Madeline Wright
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I was amazed at the depth of this story as created by Emilie Plateau.

A prime showcase of the U.S. Civil Rights desegregation movement's unfortunate need to have a "perfect" victim in order to get the necessary attention in society and make a move toward positive change. Though I had heard of Ms. Colvin's story prior to this book, this comic book really illustrated the struggle and elevated the specific work of all of the women involved who didn't end up in the press photos as champions of t
M.C. Chronister
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This graphic novel was really amazing and educational. I had never heard of Claudette before picking this novel up and it did a marvelous job of informing. I would gladly recommend this to anyone who has children that want to know more about the life of Claudette Calvin and the struggles of African American people.
January Gray
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sadly, I have never heard of Claudette and her story until this book! Informative and interesting to read. A reminder of what isn't taught in schools. I recommend this book to everyone.
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Learned so much - a must-read!
Jenn Adams
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
An interesting graphic history that reveals an often untold portion of the struggle for civil rights.
En tant quelqu'une américaine... I knew about segregation and the civil Rights movement and I learned about Claudette Colvin ten years ago maybe , but it's still an excellent graphic novel. For me the biggest takeaway/reminder is that the stories a nation tells itself are just that, general stories, fables even, with just the highlights or even turned around so that the best light shines on them. As a kid I remember being presented with that myth about Rosa Parks being just a poor tired seamstre ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Benjamin Elliott
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
As the title would suggest, I was unfamiliar with Claudette Colvin before reading this title. Bringing to light her contributions to the broader story of desegregating buses in the south reinforces the injustice of this time and the importance of this while also showing that even while the civil rights movement was working towards something good it had its own issues with the way women were treated. Women are the ones highlighted as being arrested and taking risks to bring injustice to light, bu ...more
Jozef Syndicate
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Colored: The Unsung Life of Claudette Colvin by Emilie Plateau tells the story of the first Black woman to not give up her seat to a white person during the time of Jim Crow laws, This book is especially important for historical pretense because it reveals the little known true story of how Claudette Colvin was not supported in her protest and was instead pre-judged because she was a teenager.

Most people have been taught Rosa Parks was the first woman to not give up her seat but that's because t
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Noirse is informative and eye-opening but not the most engaging read. The simplified art style - without panels, often lacking backgrounds or a setting of any kind but instead just two characters with narration written around them - is perfect for non-fiction. More detailed and realistic artwork would take away from the importance of the story, and this book really wants you to understand the story above all. The art is effectively used to convey the information as an assist to the writing, inst ...more
Everyone has heard of Rosa Parks (even the characters on Doctor Who!) but few people have heard of Claudette Colvin, the 15-year-old girl who was arrested and charged for refusing to give up her seat on the bus earlier in the year, and who served as one of the five plaintiffs in the Browder v. Gayle case that eventually desegregated Montgomery's bus system.

Emilie Plateau's book Noire is a good start to rectifying that. With a unique, spare style of art that prioritizes white space and text on mo
Amy Layton
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Told largely in the second person, Colored: The Unsung Life of Claudette Colvin gives a personal account of Colvin's life as she rose to become a symbol of the civil rights movement and fell to be forgotten after a white man rapes her.  Though largely about the civil rights movement, what happened before Rosa Parks, and how segregation was fought,  Colored also discusses plenty of other issues such as rape, gender, innocence, and violence.  After all, Claudette was the perfect symbol--a young gi ...more
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

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
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
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.

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 all ...more
Grace MacLaine
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really thoughtful and enlightening comic about Claudette Colvin, who protested Jim Crow Laws on the Montgomery but has never been widely known because she wasn't seen as a good representative for the movement. The novel puts the famous bus boycotts in context and shows you the political landscape and the people fighting for civil rights before the Rosa Parks case drew national attention. The comic is also a really interesting examination of the fraught role that gender and respectability politic ...more
xueh wei
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Like most, I've heard of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, but never of Claudette Colvin, who preceded Rosa Parks in the protesting act of not giving up her seat in the bus for a White passenger. Though her name slowly became invisible in this history of resisting bus segregation, because she wasn't the "right kind" of woman to be the face of it.

This is not to pit Parks and Colvin against each other, but to pinpoint the patriarchal norms that has consistently erased women from history. The gendered le
Christa Van
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the story of Claudette Colvin who predated Rosa Parks by several months refusing to move from her seat on the bus. The NAACP and the WCA did get her our of jail and she was interested in pursuing a lawsuit but the "movement" thought she was not a strong representative for the cause. Instead, she was pretty much abandoned although called to testify later during he lawsuit that went to the supreme court. She was very young, 15, and ended up pregnant out of wedlock so found herself forgotte ...more
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.
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I, like many others, had never heard of Claudette Colvin before. I find her story tragic, yet, unfortunately, all too familiar. It's crazy to me just how many people who fought for their rights and the rights of those who lived after them have been forgotten.

This graphic novel was tough to get through, but still very informative. I think it accurately portrays that, though the NAACP was fighting for rights of all black people, they still were inherently sexist. That's something not a lot of peo
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.

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