“A young woman with such dark skin cannot be a symbol.”

TheRosa Parks’ refusal to give up her bus seat to a white passenger was the catalyst for the largest anti-racism civil rights movement in history in the United States. However, Parks was not the first to rebel. Nine months ago, another young woman put up the same resistance.

On March 2, 1955, Claudette Colvin was returning from class with some of her classmates on a Montgomery bus when the driver grabbed the seats of a white passenger. When the other girls got up and gave up their seats, Colvin remained rooted in place until two police officers pulled her out and handcuffed her.

“My mother asked me to keep quiet about what I had done. He told me, ‘Let Rosa be the only one.’ White people won’t bother her, they’ll like her fair skin better than yours »»

His arrest made local headlines and caught the attention of NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) leaders, including Rosa Parks and a young priest named Martin Luther King, Jr., who specifically made his first foray into the political arena in defense of Colvin.

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