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What did Claudette Colvin do to change the world?

Claudette Colvin (born Claudette Austin, September 5, 1939) is a pioneer of the 1950s civil rights movement and retired nurse aide. On March 2, 1955, she was arrested at the age of 15 in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to give up her seat to a white woman on a crowded, segregated bus.

What happened to Raymond Colvin?

Raymond Colvin died in 1993 in New York of a heart attack at age 37. Colvin was a predecessor to the Montgomery bus boycott movement of 1955, which gained national attention. But she rarely told her story after moving to New York City.

What did the bus driver do to Colvin?

When a white woman who got on the bus was left standing in the front, the bus driver, Robert W. Cleere, commanded Colvin and three other black women in her row to move to the back. The other three moved, but another black woman, Ruth Hamilton, who was pregnant, got on and sat next to Colvin. The driver looked at the women in his mirror.

What was Colvins experience at the yarn shop like?

The two visited a yarn shop together, and Colvin was impressed with the quality of the yarn. When Colvin, who is Black, entered a yarn shop for the first time without her neighbor, who is white, the white owner of the shop met her at the door and told her the restroom was only for customers.

What happened to Colvin on the bus?

On March 2, Colvin was riding the bus home from school when the familiar order came from the driver to vacate a row of seats to accommodate a white woman. Three of her classmates got up but Colvin didnt budge, informing the two officers who soon boarded that she knew her constitutional rights.

What happened to Claudette Colvin?

The juvenile record of civil rights pioneer Claudette Colvin has been expunged, 66 years after she refused to give up her seat on an Alabama bus to a white woman. Colvin was just 15 when a bus driver asked her and other students to give up their seats on March 2, 1955. The act of defiance was nine months before Rosa Parks similar bus protest.

Who refused to give up her seat on the bus?

A Forgotten Contribution: Before Rosa Parks, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat on the bus. Newsweek. Archived from the original on April 1, 2009.

How old was Anne Colvin when she took up her seat?

Colvin was just 15 when a bus driver asked her and other students to give up their seats on March 2, 1955. The act of defiance was nine months before Rosa Parks similar bus protest.

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