“On March 2, 1955, nine months before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, Claudette Colvin, a 15-year-old black teenager, did the same thing.”
Claudette’s story is often ignored because she was viewed as a troublemaker in her community for her arrest and she was later further ostracized because of she became pregnant as a teenager. It can be inferred that Rosa Parks’ arrest became so widely known because she was seen as more of a “respectable” Civil Rights figure. However, Claudette eventually helped end the Montgomery Bus Boycott because she served as a witness in Browder v. Gayle, which ended Alabama, and eventually the nation’s, segregation in public transportation.
Click this LINK to read Claudette Colvin’s story in her own words.