Unsung Hero-Claudette Colvin

Claudette Colvin

Mrs. Claudette was the first African American to refuse to give up her seat. This incident occurred nine months before Rosa Parks. The NAACP was in the midst of finding a case like this but felt that a teen wouldn’t be as reliable as an adult. When she was a arrested, she was charged for not only giving up her seat but assaulting an officer as well. In the end, her case was appealed but she had gotten pregnant a little later. The NAACP was really cautious as they were in the midst of constructing the Civil Rights Movement. So they later chose Rosa Parks to represent. Mrs. Claudette moved to a different town to have a fresh start and she became a nurses aide. Years later she was recognized for being the first African American to give up her seat. Although she was acknowledged years later, we wanted to you to learn about her as well. #BlackHistory #AmericanHistory #BeAGirlLikeMe

Info and Photo Credit: http://www.biography.com/people/claudette-colvin-11378

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