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Claudette Colvin: the precursor to Rosa Parks in the US Civil Rights Movement

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Claudette Colvin seated in her home, Bronx, New York
Claudette Colvin seated in her home, Bronx, New York Rfi / Colm Flynn
By: Colm Flynn
9 min

Rosa Parks is credited with starting the American civil rights movement in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus.But few people know that, nine months prior to Ms. Park’s arrest, a 15-year-old African-American girl named Claudette Colvin was arrested after she refused to vacate her seat on a Montgomery bus.Colm Flynn went to hear Claudette's story in her own words.