From NYT bestselling author Tracey Baptiste comes a singular picture book that is both a biography about Claudette Colvin, the teen whose activism launched the Montgomery bus boycott, and a celebration of collective action.
When fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin boarded a segregated bus on March 2, 1955, she had no idea she was about to make history. At school she was learning about abolitionists like Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, which helped inspire her decision to refuse to give up her seat to a white woman, which led to her arrest, which began a crucial chain of events: Rosa Park's sit-in nine months later, the organization of the Montgomery bus boycott by activists like Professor Jo Ann Robinson and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Supreme Court decision that Alabama's bus segregation was unconstitutional—a major triumph for the civil rights movement.
Because of Claudette's brave stand against injustice, history was transformed. Now it's time for young readers to learn about this living legend, her pivotal role in the civil rights movement, and the power of one person reaching out to another in the fight for change.---from the publisher
32 pages 978-0593326404 Ages 6-8
Keywords: biography, women, African American, American history, prejudice and racism, human rights, civil rights, social issues, social conditions, social activist, courage, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, picture book biography, social activist, Black Girl books, African American and Black nonfiction, African American author, finding your voice, prejudice and racism, segregation, social justice, role of the individual, power of the individual, grit, courage, Social Studies Curriculum
Read alike: Claudette Colvin Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose