Claudette Colvin, Civil Rights & Youth Activism


If you see an injustice, get involved! You can make a difference and change the world for the better.

Phillip Hoose, the author of the book Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice will be visiting Keene on April 10 and 11.  He’ll be at the library to speak to middle school students at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday April 10 about the courage of young people and how their actions changed their communities.He’ll present a lecture on his book that evening at 7:00 p.m. And he’ll visit the American Studies classes at Keene High School on Wednesday April 11.

Hoose has written other books profiling the importance of young people in history.  We Were There, Too!: Young People in U.S. History by Phillip Hoose is the first book to tell the story of the role children and adolescents have played in the making of our nation. The book  is collection over seventy stories, including that of Claudette Colvin, noting young people who made differences in the outcome of U.S. history.

This project will continue with teacher-led workshops at the Keene Public Library on Tuesday April 24, May 1, and May 8 at 4:00 p.m. Participants will discuss Phillip Hoose’s message. Each young person will design and create a mixed media collage based on the theme of courage. Artwork will be displayed on City Express buses during the spring and summer.
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