“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.”
Despite her pioneering role in the US Supreme Court case that led to the outlaw of bus segregation, Claudette’s identity as a poor, unmarried teenage mother prevented her from receiving full recognition as a key figure in the early civil rights struggle against racism and inequality. Her courage and resilience has now been honored by the Montgomery Council, and the City of Montgomery has named March 2 Claudette Colvin Day.
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