Most people know the story of Rosa Parks, the woman who defied Alabama's segregation laws and became an integral figure in the Civil Rights struggle. But most are unaware of the influential people who inspired Parks, such as Claudette Colvin, a 15-year-old girl from the same town of Montgomery, AL.
Arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white woman, Colvin was taken to the women's penitentiary. A local reverend posted her bail and she was able to go home. While there was outrage in the community, it didn't reach a boiling point until nine months later, when a similar incident happened to Parks.
There's no doubt Colvin's story is similar to Parks's, and it's easy to imagine a world in which Colvin became the face of the bus boycott. However, the last thing Colvin herself would have wanted was for her actions to take away from Parks's. The two women knew and admired each other, and they were more interested in social progress than glory or fame. Though her name is rarely mentioned in United States history books, Colvin deserves to be known as an important American historical figure.
Two Police Officers Forcibly Dragged Colvin Off The Bus And Berated Her
The Night After Colvin Was Released, Her Dad Stayed Up All Night In Arms In Fear Of Retaliation From Hate Groups
Rosa Parks Took Up An Advisory Relationship With Colvin
The Judge Dropped Two Of Colvin's Charges To Prevent A Challenge To The Segregation Law
Civil Right Leaders Abandoned Colvin Because She Was Pregnant At 16 Years Old
Colvin Was Part Of A Lawsuit Challenging Segregation Laws