A young Claudette Colvin:Colvin was born September 5, 1939 and grew up in one of the poorer neighborhoods of Montgomery, Alabama. In 1955 Colvin was a student at the segregated Booker T. Washington High School in the city. Colvin was a good student in school, earning mostly A's in her courses and she even said she had high aspirations of being President one day.

Before Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette Colvin

A young Claudette Colvin:Colvin was born September 5, 1939 and grew up in one of the poorer neighborhoods of Montgomery, Alabama. In 1955 Colvin was a student at the segregated Booker T. Washington High School in the city. Colvin was a good student in school, earning mostly A's in her courses and she even said she had high aspirations of being President one day.

This is Claudette Colvin, who refused to be treated like a substandard citizen on one of those Montgomery buses — and did it nine months before Mrs. Parks. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his political debut fighting her arrest.

This is Claudette Colvin, who refused to be treated like a substandard citizen on one of those Montgomery buses — and did it nine months before Mrs. Parks. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his political debut fighting her arrest.

Claudette Colvin: b. 1939; Claudette Colvin is a pioneer of the African-American civil rights movement. In 1955, she was the first person arrested for resisting bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama, preceding the better known Rosa Parks incident by nine months. Montgomery's black leaders did not publicize Colvin's effort for long because she was a teenager and became an unmarried mother. Given the social norms of the time, the NAACP leaders worried about using her to represent their…

Before Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette Colvin

Claudette Colvin: b. 1939; Claudette Colvin is a pioneer of the African-American civil rights movement. In 1955, she was the first person arrested for resisting bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama, preceding the better known Rosa Parks incident by nine months. Montgomery's black leaders did not publicize Colvin's effort for long because she was a teenager and became an unmarried mother. Given the social norms of the time, the NAACP leaders worried about using her to represent their…

"Claudette Colvin, (b. 1939) a 15-year-old girl, was thrown off a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She pleaded not guilty to breaking the law. She is carried off the bus backwards whilst being kicked and handcuffed and harassed on the way to the police station. The local black establishment started to rally support nationwide for her cause but dropped it when she became pregnant. Claudette Colvin never made it into the civil rights hall of fame."

"Claudette Colvin, (b. 1939) a 15-year-old girl, was thrown off a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She pleaded not guilty to breaking the law. She is carried off the bus backwards whilst being kicked and handcuffed and harassed on the way to the police station. The local black establishment started to rally support nationwide for her cause but dropped it when she became pregnant. Claudette Colvin never made it into the civil rights hall of fame."

Claudette Colvin: b. 1939; Claudette Colvin is a pioneer of the African-American civil rights movement. In 1955, she was the first person arrested for resisting bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama, preceding the better known Rosa Parks incident by nine months. Montgomery's black leaders did not publicize Colvin's effort for long because she was a teenager and became an unmarried mother. Given the social norms of the time, the NAACP leaders worried about using her to represent their…

Before Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette Colvin

Claudette Colvin: b. 1939; Claudette Colvin is a pioneer of the African-American civil rights movement. In 1955, she was the first person arrested for resisting bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama, preceding the better known Rosa Parks incident by nine months. Montgomery's black leaders did not publicize Colvin's effort for long because she was a teenager and became an unmarried mother. Given the social norms of the time, the NAACP leaders worried about using her to represent their…

No Longer a Civil Rights Footnote - Claudette Colvin - NYTimes.com

No Longer a Civil Rights Footnote: Claudette Colvin

No Longer a Civil Rights Footnote - Claudette Colvin - NYTimes.com

Claudette Colvin was a civil rights activist in Alabama during the 1950s. When she was 15, she refused to give up her seat on a bus months before Rosa Parks' more famous protest.

Claudette Colvin was a civil rights activist in Alabama during the 1950s. When she was 15, she refused to give up her seat on a bus months before Rosa Parks' more famous protest.

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