Amplifying Black Voices- Claudette Colvin

Claudette Colvin

Everyone knows Rosa Parks, but how many of you know about Claudette Colvin?

Her story is here.

https://www.npr.org/2009/03/15/101719889/before-rosa-parks-there-was-claudette-colvin

If you know Rosa Parks, you need to know about Claudette Colvin.

From the NPR article-

{Hoose couldn’t get over that there was this teenager, nine months before Rosa Parks, “in the same city, in the same bus system, with very tough consequences, hauled off the bus, handcuffed, jailed and nobody really knew about it.”

He also believes Colvin is important because she challenged the law in court, one of four women plaintiffs in Browder v. Gayle, the court case that successfully overturned bus segregation laws in Montgomery and Alabama.

There are many reasons why Claudette Colvin has been pretty much forgotten. She hardly ever told her story when she moved to New York City. In her new community, hardly anyone was talking about integration; instead, most people were talking about black enterprises, black power and Malcolm X.

When asked why she is little known and why everyone thinks only of Rosa Parks, Colvin says the NAACP and all the other black organizations felt Parks would be a good icon because “she was an adult. They didn’t think teenagers would be reliable.”

She also says Parks had the right hair and the right look.

“Her skin texture was the kind that people associate with the middle class,” says Colvin. “She fit that profile.” }

At 19, I don’t know if I could been that strong. I do know that Claudette Colvin’s is a black voice that needs amplifying.

Black History Is American History and it’s time to acknowledge that.

Think About It.

Then tell me something you have learned this month on social media about Black History.

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