Claudette Colvin : Twice Toward Justice by Philip Hoose

January 25, 2010 at 6:50 pm Leave a comment

Most of us instantly associate the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 to the name of Rosa Parks. And, indeed, Rosa Parks along with the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. is the face on the cover of this Civil Rights movement. Most people have no idea that two black teenage girls acting individually did the same thing months before Rosa Parks. Claudette Colvin at the age of fifteen found the courage to remain in her seat when a white woman demanded that she move.  Two Alabama police officers mounted the bus, pulled Claudette out of her seat, kicked her and called her vile names, and  finally threw her into an adult prison cell. Claudette remembers the bang of that door and the metallic finality of the key in the lock. Her dreams of attending college and getting a job were shattered because she now had a criminal record. Why did she do it? She says she did it because she was tired of hearing  the adults around her talking about their rights but never doing anything to win them. Colvin’s bravery inspired others, but it took many more months for the civil rights movement to gain traction and organize the bus boycott. In the end, Colvin’s defiance was mostly forgotten by the movement and the general population. This book tries to correct that injustice.

Lilian Hecker, Pelham

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