Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
First edition
AuthorPhillip Hoose
CountryUnited States
SubjectClaudette Colvin
Civil Rights Movement
Published2009 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Media typePrint (Hardcover)

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice is a 2009 young adult nonfiction book by Phillip Hoose, recounting the experiences of Claudette Colvin in Montgomery, Alabama, during the Civil Rights Movement.


This book covers the experiences of Claudette Colvin in the 1950s, specifically focusing on her role in the Civil Rights Movement and her involvement in Browder v. Gayle trail. Colvin is notable within the case because she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus when she was 16 years old and nine month's before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat.

Critical reception[edit]

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice gained generally positive reviews from critics. They praised the young adult biography for giving Colvin the recognition she never received back in 1955. The Wall Street Journal said "History might have forgotten Claudette Colvin, or relegated her to footnote status, had writer Phillip Hoose not stumbled upon her name in the course of other research and tracked her down." And the Chicago Tribune says, “Hoose makes the moments in Montgomery come alive, whether it’s about Claudette’s neighborhood, her attorneys, her pastor or all the different individuals in the civil rights movement who paths she crossed . . . . An engrossing read.” [1]

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