Claudette Colvin:Twice Toward Justice By Phillip Hoose 

7011976Claudette Colvin:Twice Toward Justice
By Phillip Hoose
Narrated by Channie Waites
Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
Release date: 12-10-09
Publisher: Brilliance Audio

There was a girl before Rosa Parks that refused to give up her seat to a white person in Montgomery, Alabama. She’s all but lost to history and this is her story of the struggle for basic human rights, in the era of Jim Crow Laws.

Before I go any further I just want to say it is extremely sad that human beings can treat each other this way in the first place.  If you and I ran a race and I won, I would celebrate and maybe let you know I won a few times, but would soon move on because ONLY in that moment was I better in some aspect than you.  Who knows run it again and I just might lose.   I can never think of a time where I, as a whole, am better than anyone else.  I may know more about a certain topic than someone else, but that and winning the race does not make me better than anyone else.

This country (USA) has a horrible history of treating people as less than human because of nothing other than the color of their skin.  What’s even more sad is that this still goes on today.  People, it has to stop.

Well that’s my soapbox speech, the people that needed to hear it probably didn’t, so I guess I’ll just talk about this book.

Claudette refused to give up her seat to a white woman.  If that white woman were pregnant, disabled, or just needed a seat badly I could see where this could be bad.  But this particular white woman was none of those only that she felt she was better than someone with darker skin color.  This still shouldn’t be a reason to throw a teenage girl into jail.

What followed is that Claudette was not seen as a hero for standing up for her rights, instead she was shunned.  Claudette became pregnant while still a teen and was seen by the black community as not fit to represent.  So 9 months later Rosa Parks did the same and became that heroe.

This book is Claudette’s story.  She may have made some mistakes, but we still have to remember that even though she didn’t become the hero, she still struggled.

Channie Waites does a beautiful job as narrator, fully enveloping the listener in Claudette’s voice and psyche.


Publisher’s Summary
National Book Award, Young People’s Literature, 2009

On March 2, 1955, a slim, bespectacled teenager refused to give up her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Mont-gomery, 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.

©2009 Phillip M Hoose (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.