6 Unsung Heroes In Black Women History

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Claudette Colvin

Civil Rights Trailblazer

Source: The Washington Post / Getty

Claudette Colvin, born in 1939, was an African American teenager who refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus to a white person in 1955, nine months before Rosa Parks’ more widely known protest. Colvin’s arrest and subsequent trial helped to spark the Montgomery Bus Boycott and launch the civil rights movement.

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