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Claudette Colvin


""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 Rosa Parks would be just nine months later, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin found herself shunned by her classmates and dismissed by community leaders. Undaunted, a year later she dared to challenge segregation again as a key plaintiff in "Browder v. Gayle," the landmark case that struck down the segregation laws of Montgomery and swept away the legal underpinnings of the Jim Crow South.
Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.

"Claudette Colvin" is the 2009 National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature and a 2010 Newbery Honor Book."

2009  National Book Awards
2009  Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books
2010  Carter G. Woodson Book Awards
2009  School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
2009  New York Times Editors' Choice

NameColvin, Claudette
TraitAfrican American

GenreYoung adult nonfiction
TopicsAfrican American women
African Americans
Teenage girls
Civil rights movement
Race relations
American history
Black history
SettingMontgomery, Alabama