"Claudette Colvin is arguably the most humble activist in recorded U.S. history. As a teen, she was the first person arrested for resisting bus segregation. Until recent history, Colvin’s resistance, which preceded Rosa Parks’ arrest by nine months, has not been publicized apparently due to her unwed pregnancy. This year the People’s Organization for Progress honored Colvin in Newark, NJ, thanking her for an unsung commitment to civil rights. http://madamenoire.com Photo Source: Biography
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…
101 years before Rosa Parks and Claudette Colvin, an African American woman named Elizabeth Jennings refused to be removed from a New York City trolley. Her case in the Brooklyn Circuit Court led to the desegregation of all NYC trolley lines. Her attorney? Future president Chester A. Arthur
interesting-fact: Claudette Colvin resisted bus segregation nine months before Rosa Parks, and it is her case that went to the Supreme Court — only for her to be swept under the rug by NAACP leaders since she was a pregnant teenager. - http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=101719889 — Interesting Facts - Like Us on Facebook!
Claudette Colvin of Montgomery, Alabama (photo in 1955). Nine months before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus, 15 year old Claudette Colvin did it first. She was arrested and convicted. But, she became pregnant as an unmarried teen. Civil rights leaders worried that the pregnancy would reflect poorly on the black community and risk a court case on segregation. So, the leaders chose Rosa Parks instead.