Episode 1: Claudette Colvin- Show Notes

Our first episode, and it shows. We were very nervous. Neither of us had ever done a podcast, let alone much public speaking. The audio is a bit wonky on this, our nerves are showing, but we get better over time. Thankfully we have gotten better. Its still worth a listen. In this show, we bring you the following stories:

  • Gamestop Stock Generosity 00:27
  • The story of Claudette Colvin, the inspiration for Rosa Parks. 01:14
  • Author Phillip Hoose 25:42
  • Total Episode Run-Time 28:17


Amy shares the story of a 20 year-old student from Cornell University, Hunter Kahn, who made $30,000 of the Gamestop stock run spurred on by Reddit’s WallStreetBets subreddit. He donated some of the $30,000 to purchase Nintendo Switch game consoles and games for a children’s hospital.

In celebration of February being Black History Month, Teresa tells about the history of the Montgomery, Alabama Bus Boycott, which was one of the first major protests about segregation in the Southern United States. While Rosa Parks is known for this, in reality, the first person to refuse to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus was 15-year-old, Claudette Colvin. Claudette was the person who inspired Black leaders to start the bus boycott using Rosa Parks as the primary face of the boycott. It was Claudette Colvin who first refused to give up her seat to a white woman, reasoning that she had paid for her bus ticket and was sitting in the area in the back of the bus where Black people were allowed to sit. As a result, the 15-year-old was arrested and for a short time jailed. This inspired plans for a boycott, not to end segregation, but only to get reasonable treatment on busses in Montgomery. The boycott ended up lasting 381 days, where Blacks refused to use the busses, putting financial pressure on the bus line and the city. This was one of the first important steps in ending segregation as well as one of the first major protests in the American Civil Rights movement. While Rosa Parks definitely played a role in this historic moment, the inspiration of Claudette Colvin should be recognized as well.

Teresa also talks about author Phillip Hoose. Phillip Hoose is an American author who has written books about young people and their impact on history. In 2009, Phillip wrote a book about Claudette Colvin called Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice, (see our Featured Books page for more). He has also written a book about teenage boys who led a sabotage group against the Nazi occupation of Denmark, called The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club. Phillip also spent 27 years working for the Nature Conservancy and has written a few books on both birds and how young people can make a difference in the environment. Most of his books focus on young people and the extraordinary things they can do. Phillip is also a musician and a founder of the Children’s Music Network.

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