Claudette Colvin – Black History Month 2021 #BlackHistoryMonth
While everyone is familiar with Rosa Parks, many do not know the story of Claudette Colvin. In 2009, NPR spoke with Ms. Claudette Colvin about refusing to get up from her seat, nine months prior to Ms. Parks, on March 2, 1955 at the age of 15.
Few people know the story of Claudette Colvin: When she was 15, she refused to move to the back of the bus and give up her seat to a white person — nine months before Rosa Parks did the very same thing.
Most people know about Parks and the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott that began in 1955, but few know that there were a number of women who refused to give up their seats on the same bus system. Most of the women were quietly fined, and no one heard much more.
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