Claudette Colvin

"…as a teenager, I kept thinking, Why don’t the adults around here just say something? Say it so that they know we don’t accept segregation? I knew then and I know now that, when it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can’t sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, 'This is not right.' And I did."

Claudette Colvin was yet another Civil rights Activist who refused to live by the Jim Crow Laws. She refused to give up her seat in the front of the bus to a white passenger, about 9 months before Rosa Parks more famous protest to this issue. At just 15 years old, she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger and was hauled to jail. Her minister ended up bailing her out. She later stated: "I was really afraid because you just did not know what white people were going to do at that time".  The behavior of the two white police officers made her fear she was going to be raped. Many people have failed to give Colvins story more notice. Colvin was also a part of the NAACP. She and three others who were harrassed on the bus that day were a part of  a lawsuit in 1956 that put the constitutionality of Montgomery in a difficult decision. The lawsuit was named Browder vs. Gayle and it went to the supreme court. They decided that the harassment that the three had to go through was a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment. Many people and civil rights activist were victorious over this trivial win. She would go on to write her own auto-biography that is named: "Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice". Although Claudette Colvin has been largely forgotten, she will always live in infamy.

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