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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,602 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Phillip Hoose Narrator: Channie Waites Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Megan | 2/15/2014

    " Hoose tells the story of a little-known civil rights pioneer, much of it in Colvin's own words. Highly readable and informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 1/21/2014

    " Sure wish we would have read stuff like this in high school instead of textbooks. Actually enjoyable and a lot of content about Jim Crow and the bus boycotts, which probably took up a few sentences or maybe pages in a textbook. How interesting to see how history has always focused on Rosa Parks and not the woman who actually took the first stand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robbie | 1/17/2014

    " I thought the book was very inspiring and very informational. I think I learned more from reading this book than from all the years I had in elementary, middle, and high school down in Texas. Perhaps I just didn't care that much when I was younger because it seemed like old news and I never saw segregation and hate as anything but in the past. I am really glad that people like Claudette Colvin stood up for what they thought was right even when it was hell fire with no one else on their side. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Becky | 1/11/2014

    " This biography of Claudette Colvin brings to light the "original Rosa Parks." Colvin was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white woman. She then went on to be one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging bus segregation as unconstitutional. Due to an unplanned teenage pregnancy and an emotional personality, Claudette was never as acclaimed as Rosa Parks, but her story is very compelling. This book is interesting in that it is mostly written by the author, Phillip Hoose, but also has portions with Colvin's exact words from a series of interviews she did with Hoose. The pictures and sidebars help to move the story along and give some reference points to the reader. This would be a great resource anytime, but could be pushed especially during black history month. I would recommend it for ages 12 and up. "

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