Claudette Colvin

Clarified: Who was Claudette Colvin?

Claudette Colvin was 15 years old in 1955 when she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Public transportation was segregated in the city and Colvin was told to move to the back. When she refused, she was arrested. This happened just months before Rosa Parks would make the same protest, sparking what became the Montgomery Bus Boycott. While Parks would go on to become one of the faces of the Civil Rights Movement, Colvin faded into the background, even though she was one of the four defendants in the lawsuit, Browder v. Gayle of 1956, which ended segregated buses in Montgomery.
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Black History Month Pioneers: Remembering Claudette Colvin

ABILENE, Texas — Many know the story of Rosa Parks, but few know the story of Claudette Colvin. She was born Claudette Austin, on September 5th, 1939, in Montgomery Alabama. In school, she became a member of the NAACP Youth Council, which she attributes to sparking her interests in political and social activism. In 1955, nine months before Rosa Parks, Colvin refused to give up her seat on a bus, to a white passenger. She was 15 years old at the time. Her refusal resulted in her arrest and being forcibly thrown off the bus. As she was escorted, she repeatedly chanted, “It’s my constitutional right!” Colvin was charged with disturbing the peace, violating segregation laws, and battering and assaulting a police officer. Her classmate, Annie Larkins Price has asserted there was no assault. Her minister bailed her out of jail.

Claudette Colvin, the Alabama bus boycott pioneer

February is all about celebrating Black history, and throughout the month we'll be honoring influential African Americans whose stories you might not yet know. Some are pioneers in their field, some helped spark the civil rights movement, and all have contributed incredible things to not only Black history, but to the history of the United States as a whole.

Captain America 4 Star Anthony Mackie to Direct First Film, About Civil Rights Pioneer Claudette Colvin

Marvel star Anthony Mackie is making his directorial debut with a movie about Civil Rights pioneer Claudette Colvin. Spark is the title of the project and Deadline reports that Saniyya Sidney from King Richard will be playing the main heroine. An unsung figure from the Civil Rights era, Colvin was a teenager who helped garner attention for the Montgomery Bus Boycott down in Alabama. While Rosa Parks is commonly credited as the figure who defined that moment in history. However, Colvin's legacy has been rehabilitated in recent years because of people becoming aware of her story. (There's an excellent segment from Comedy Central's Drunk History about the Civil Rights pioneer that serves as a quick catchup on the entire situation.) For his part, Mackie is thrilled to be bringing this story to the big screen.

Anthony Mackie Making Directorial Debut On ‘Spark;’ ‘King Richard’s Saniyya Sidney To Star As Unsung Civil Rights Pioneer Claudette Colvin

EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Mackie has set his feature directorial debut with Spark. The drama will star Saniyya Sidney as Claudette Colvin, an unsung pioneer of the Civil Rights era. Sidney is coming off a breakout performance as Venus Williams in King Richard. Mackie is producing with Kellon Akeem, Jason Michael Berman and Marc Ambrose. Colvin was 15-years-old when she bravely stood up to racism, getting arrested after refusing to give up her seat on a crowded segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. This was nine months before Rosa Parks became a symbol of the Civil Rights era symbol for courageously doing essentially the...