Book signing to feature early civil rights contributor Claudette Colvin

Posted: Monday, 26 January 2009

MONTGOMERY—Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum will host a book signing on Feb. 10 for National Book Award finalist Phillip Hoose, author of “Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice.”

Hoose will be joined during the event by Colvin, a crucial but often less known figure of the Montgomery civil rights movement.

The free event begins at 7 p.m. in the museum auditorium.

Hoose is the author of several books for young readers, including the National Book Award finalist “We Were There, Too!: Young People in U.S. History” and “The Race to Save the Lord God Bird,” winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Nonfiction.

His latest work introduces readers to Colvin, who was arrested as a teenager on March 2, 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus to a white passenger—nine months before Rosa Parks was similarly arrested.

A year later Colvin would serve as a key plaintiff in Browder v. Gayle, the landmark case that helped strike down the segregation laws of Montgomery.

Based on extensive interviews with Colvin and many others, Hoose presents the first in-depth account of this important early civil rights contributor.

“More than any story I know, Claudette Colvin’s life story shows how history is made up of objective facts and personal truths, braided together,” Hoose said. “In this case, a girl raised in poverty by a strong, loving family twice risked her personal safety—probably her life—to gain justice for her people. Claudette is a wise woman who, when she was a smart, angry teenager, made contributions to human rights far too important ever to be forgotten.”

“Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice” is published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux—for more information, or to arrange an interview with Hoose, contact publicity manager Jennifer Doer at 212-206-5367 or at jennifer.doerr@fsgbooks.com