60 years ago March 2nd fell on a Wednesday, and history was made
60 years ago today teenager Claudette Colvin was
arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus for a white passenger in
Montgomery, Alabama. She was the first person arrested for not complying with
the bus segregation rules. Rosa Parks was arrested 9 months later but was preferred
to represent the movement because Claudette was a young, and became pregnant
out of wedlock. However, Ms. Colvin's case went all the way to the US Supreme Court and
led to the Court issuing an order to end bus segregation in the state!!!!
Claudette was a fan of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner
Truth, and was not happy that as a black teenager she could not try on clothes
in a store or go to the movies. Her family feared for their life after her
arrest. It was very hard for her to find keep work after her notoriety. The
same financial issues were true for Rosa Parks and her family. Claudette is
still alive today, living in the Bronx. Thank you Claudette Colvin. May god bless you.