Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice by Philip Hoose
Why is it that Claudette Colvin is not a common household name like Martin Luther King, Jr. or Rosa Parks? At 15 years old Colvin refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white person in Montgomery, Alabama before the Montgomery bus boycott even began. However, she was not chosen by civil rights leaders to represent and lead the movement. Hoose presents an inspiring history of the young woman in two voices, his own and Miss Colvin’s, that includes photographs of relevant artifacts of the time and sidebars that contain background information on the civil rights movement. The pages are text heavy but engaging in a way that brings this previously untold story to life for young readers.
Reading this book made me ask a lot of questions about the Civil Rights movement. What can I do to try to make a positive change in mycommunity? Why has Claudette’s story had been lost? Who else do may have made a difference in the history of this country but whose story has been lost over time?
The best thing I can do right now is to keep reading!