Black History Month Fun Fact: The woman to give up her seat before Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks is widely known for her valient efforts towards civil rights by refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. Though she is still a legend respectfully, there is a name that has gone unnoticed in history. 

Claudette Colvin was one of the first before Rosa Parks to refuse to give up her seat to a white man in efforts to improve civil rights. Colvin was 15 when she refused to give up her and was effectively arrested but the NAACP decided not to use her story to push forward the civil rights effort.


Colvin was 15 and a teenage mother when she refused to give up her seat. Due to this,  the NAACP waited to use Rosa Park’s story in efforts to eliminate segragation laws.

Though Colvin’s story is lost in history, it is important to know that she is a pioneer in many stories that include the refusal of one’s seat in efforts to combat segregation laws.

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