Everyone has heard of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, but have you heard of Claudette Colvin? Claudette was the first teenager to refuse to give her seat to a white woman on the bus during Jim Crow laws. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose is the story of a courageous 15 year old who stood up for justice while many adults were afraid to do so. Most of us know of the adults who lead the way during the Civil Rights Movement, but this book talks about key figures who made a difference as teenagers. Jeremiah Reeves, Emmett Till, Mary Louise Smith, Aurelia S. Browder, and Susie McDonald are just some of the young people you will read about in this book. As you read, you will encounter pictures in almost every page depicting racist signs used during Jim Crow, excerpts from newspapers of the time, mug shots of Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and other Civil Rights leaders, and even a copy of Claudette’s fingerprint record from her arrest. The best part of Claudette’s story is that she is still alive today, and she continues to visit schools to share her story. Pick up this award-winning novel, and immerse yourself in the story of how a timid, but brave teenager changed history.
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice is available in the library (Call Number: 323.09 HOO) or as an eBook on OverDrive. For information on how to check out books on OverDrive, click here.