Sunday, February 5, 2017

Remembering Claudette Colvin - Thank you Gloria Ann-Levert and Brenda S. Collier

Thanks to Gloria Ann-Levert for sharing . . . 

Claudette Colvin (born Sept. 5, 1939) a Black Woman at age 15
On March 2, 1955, a full nine months before Rosa Parks’ famous arrest, Claudette Colvin was dragged from a Montgomery bus by two police officers, arrested and taken to an adult jail to be booked. She was only 15 years old and was the first person to be arrested for defying bus segregation in Montgomery.  

Her arrest and her story has long since been forgotten, but it provided the spark for the Black community in Montgomery that ultimately led to Parks’ actions, the bus boycott, and the Supreme Court ruling to end segregation on buses.


Added note from Brenda S. Collier:

If I remember my history, Miss Colvin was 15, pregnant, and unmarried. Rosa Parks was married, and considered a better example of what the people wanted as a hero


Thanks Brenda . . . NOW I remember the story!

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