Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

The National Book Award for Young People was recently awarded to Phillip Hoose for his book Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice. Colvin was a 15-year-old African-American girl in Montgomery, Alabama, who wouldn't give up her seat on the bus on March 2, 1955--a year before Rosa Parks' historic refusal. Watch Hoose's acceptance speech and get an emotional excerpt from the book. There is also a great short piece on YouTube that features Colvin.

A great local connection to this book: The book's editor, Melanie Kroupa King, is an active resident of Dedham, supporter of The Blue Bunny, and board member of the Dedham Square Circle. Congratulations Melanie!

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