Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

Version: Unabridged
Author: Phillip Hoose
Narrator: Channie Waites
Genres: Autobiography
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation
Published In: December 2009
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours, 40 minutes
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Overview

On March 2, 1955, a slim, bespectacled teenager refused to give up her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Shouting "It's my constitutional right!" as police dragged her off to jail, Claudette Colvin decided she'd had enough of the Jim Crow segregation laws that had angered and puzzled her since she was a young child. But instead of being celebrated, as Rosa Parks would be when she took the same stand nine months later, Claudette found herself shunned by many of her classmates and dismissed as an unfit role model by the black leaders of Montgomery. Undaunted, she put her life in danger a year later when she dared to challenge segregation yet again — as one of four plaintiffs in the landmark busing case Browder v. Gayle. Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of a major, yet little-known, civil rights figure whose story provides a fresh perspective on the Montgomery bus protest of 1955–56. Historic figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks play important roles, but center stage belongs to the brave, bookish girl whose two acts of courage were to affect the course of American history.

Author Details

Author Details

Hoose, Phillip

Phillip Hoose is an award-winning author of books, essays, stories, songs and articles. Although he first wrote for adults, he turned his attention to children and young adults in part to keep up with his own daughters. His book "Claudette Colvin" won a National Book Award and was dubbed a "Publisher's Weekly" Best Book of 2009. He is also the author of "Hey, Little Ant", co-authored by his daughter, Hannah, "It s Our World, Too!", "The Race to Save the Lord God Bird", and "We Were There, Too!", a National Book Award finalist. He has received a Jane Addams Children s Book Award, a Christopher Award, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, among numerous honors. He was born in South Bend, Indiana, and grew up in the towns of South Bend, Angola, and Speedway, Indiana. He was educated at Indiana University and the Yale School of Forestry. He lives in Portland, Maine.