Rosa Parks is rightfully remembered as the civil rights leader who refused to sit in the back of bus in 1955, but few recall 15-year-old Claudette Colvin, who also refused to give up her seat earlier that year. Some civil rights leaders thought she was too young to become the face of a movement and before Hoose’s retelling, most of her story was lost to history.
This 2009 National Book Award winner is not to be missed. It serves not only as a historical account of the events that led to Browder v. Gayle, the court decision which helped end the segregation of buses in Alabama, the book is also a personal memoir of Colvin. Her story is punctuated by photos, documents and archive images from the time surrounding the bus boycotts.
About the Author
Phillip M. Hoose is the award-winning author of many books, including We Were There, Too!, which explores the role of young people in America’s history from 1492 and beyond. Yes — there were teenagers on the ship with Christopher Columbus! He started out writing for adults but eventually started writing for teens to keep up with his daughters. He was born and grew up in South Bend, Indiana, but now lives in Portland, Maine.