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Is Claudette Colvin Still Alive?

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Claudette Colvin, an American woman of African American descent, played a significant role in the civil rights movement.
Colvin, who was born in Montgomery, Alabama, on September 5, 1939, became well-known nine months before Rosa Parks did when she insisted on keeping her seat next to a white passenger on a bus that was segregated in the same city.
The bus driver ordered fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin to give up her seat to a white passenger on March 2, 1955, as she was making her way home from school.

Colvin declined, claiming that the constitution guaranteed her the right to remain in her seat. Following her arrest, she faced charges related to breaking segregation laws.

Leaders of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People) and other civil rights activists kept track of Colvin’s arrest and the subsequent legal proceedings. Colvin’s lawsuit, which contested the legality of segregation on Montgomery buses, laid the groundwork for later legal challenges against segregation in public transportation.

Is Claudette Colvin Still Alive?

Claudette Colvin is alive and is currently 84 years old.


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