Every “Black History Month”, the story of Rosa Parks not giving up her seat which sparked the civil rights movement is revisited. However, at 15 years old, Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat nine months before the now-historic Rosa Parks moment. Today we celebrate her moment that has been excluded from history.
In an era of gigantic personalities that transcended the color barriers of the nation such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Harry Belafonte, and more, Colvin was a little girl with the same fire and energy of the aforementioned.
“People said I was crazy,” Colvin recently told CNN‘s Abby Phillip. “Because I was 15 years old and defiant and shouting, ‘It’s my constitutional right!’ ”
Check out her story in the video below!
At 15 years old, Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat nine months before the now-historic Rosa Parks moment. But like many others, her story was excluded from history. https://t.co/VEYnh060SP pic.twitter.com/Hz9uvxsKZY
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