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Claudette’s Fight for Rights: An Essay by Jeremy Felix

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice | 0 comments

Claudette’s Fight for Rights: An Essay by Jeremy Felix

Jeremy Felix, a seventh-grade student at Glen Meadow Middle School in Vernon Township, NJ won the Scholastic Scope national essay contest for his essay on Claudette Colvin. Kristen Lewis, executive editor of Scope magazine wrote to Jeremy, “We loved how you captured the dauntlessness and courage of Claudette Colvin…Wonderful work!” Thank you to Language Arts teacher Nancy Grimaldi for connecting us with Jeremy so that we could share his essay here. Thank you to Jeremy Felix for such a  powerful piece of writing.   Claudette’s...

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Raising Activist Kids

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in It's Our World Too! | 0 comments

Raising Activist Kids

The Washington Post shared, “The Best Books for Raising Activist Kids.” Proud to have It’s Our World, Too! Young People Who Are Making a Difference: How They Do It — How You Can, Too! by Phillip Hoose (FSG) among such amazing children’s literature titles. “As protests and marches continue to sweep the country, parents can use books to help them broach complex topics with their kids. Many kids recently attended protests for the first time and these budding activists often have tough questions. . Here is a list of books...

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March 2 Named Claudette Colvin Day

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice | 0 comments

March 2 Named Claudette Colvin Day

The city of Montgomery, Alabama has declared March 2nd,  Claudette Colvin Day.  That date marks the day in 1955, when the impassioned teenager, fed up with the daily injustices of Jim Crow segregation, refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus. “She was an early foot soldier in our civil rights, and we did not want this opportunity to go by without declaring March 2 as Claudette Colvin Day to thank her for her leadership in the modern day civil rights movement,” —Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange Author Phillip Hoose worked...

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Leave the Books on the Bed

Posted by on Feb 18, 2017 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, Educators & Librarians | 0 comments

Leave the Books on the Bed

Loving the Horn Book article,“’Leave the books on the bed’: Shaping a child’s social conscience” by Jen Mason Stott, the librarian at King Open School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Explore the book list. “…grounding difficult conversations in shared books shows respect for a child; a grownup trusts him or her to think critically about complex moral questions. . Part of growing up is constructing opinions based on the information available — whether online, print, or word-of-mouth. As kids hurtle toward adulthood, there’s an urge to imprint on...

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Pop-up Museum of Black History

Posted by on Feb 18, 2017 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, Educators & Librarians | 0 comments

Pop-up Museum of Black History

A high school in Oak Park, IL created a pop-up museum for African American History Month that included Claudette Colvin. “I teach African history, so we talk about how our history classes are white-washed and what that means and how that supports the racial hierarchy,” said Spoor-Harvey said while standing near a poster of Claudette Colvin… . OPRF student Honora Nudnik, who was in the hallway working on her laptop near the Colvin poster, said she didn’t know the woman the image depicted. She did know Rosa Parks. ....

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Claudette Colvin Interviewed by Great Big Story

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice | 0 comments

Claudette Colvin Interviewed by Great Big Story

We love this interview with our friend, Claudette Colvin.

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Students Protesting National Anthem

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in We Were There Too! | 0 comments

Students Protesting National Anthem

  The following article appeared in the Portland Press Herald… History lesson vindicates students protesting national anthem As Justice Fortas wrote in 1969, children don’t shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse door. By Phillip M. Hoose I write in response to the Sept. 15 Associated Press article “High schoolers joining chorus of anthem protesters” (Page A5) that presented the difficulties that school administrators experience when students make visible social protests during the national anthem. The author...

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Horn Book Summer Reading

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler | 0 comments

Horn Book Summer Reading

Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Horn Book just released their summer reading list.  The list includes Phillip Hoose’s The Boys Who Challenged Hitler. “Hoose brilliantly shows how the astonishing bravery of ordinary Danish teens started something extraordinary.” —Horn...

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All Gratefulness to Maine Libraries

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in Boys Who Challenged Hitler | 0 comments

Knud Pedersen, the subject of  The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and The Churchill Club says in this video that “gratefulness has no distances.”  Indeed, Knud, it does not.  Phil Hoose, FSG and readers owe you much gratefulness for your bravery, for your ingenuity, for your stubbornness and for all the ways you have preserved this incredible story of valor and loyalty.  Thank you. Phillip Hoose, while unable to be in Maine to accept the 2016 Lupine Honor for the book, also proclaims that “gratefulness has no...

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Give Claudette Colvin the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Posted by on Apr 2, 2016 in Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice | 3 comments

Give Claudette Colvin the Presidential Medal of Freedom

On March 2, 1955, a young African American woman boarded a city bus in Montgomery, Ala., took her seat and, minutes later, refused the driver’s command to surrender it to a white passenger. “It felt like Harriet Tubman was pushing me down on one shoulder and Sojourner Truth was pushing me down on the other shoulder,” she mused many years later. “History had me glued to the seat.” READ MORE in the Washington...

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