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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

Twice Toward Justice by Claudette Colvin is an inspiring memoir about the life and accomplishments of a civil rights activist who challenged segregation laws in her hometown of Montgomery, Alabama. In this book, Colvin shares her story—from growing up in segregated Alabama during the 1940s and 1950s to becoming a symbol for youth activism and inspiring people around the world.

Colvin recounts how she was the first teenager arrested for challenging Jim Crow transportation laws when she refused to give up her bus seat to a white woman in 1955. She details the courage it took to take this stand—particularly as a black woman living in a state without many strong civil rights advocates at the time. Despite facing intense backlash from both sides, Colvin remained devoted to fighting racial inequality throughout her life.

Throughout Twice Toward Justice, Colvin provides readers with insight into how racial oppression works within a society and offers valuable advice on how it can be countered through action. She explains how even small acts of resistance can have powerful consequences—not only for those standing up against discrimination but also for those affected by it.

Ultimately, Twice Toward Justice is an inspirational read that serves as evidence of what one person can do when faced with adversity. It celebrates Colvin’s achievements and encourages readers to strive for justice even in situations where it’s hard to come by.



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