On the afternoon of March 2, 1955, a young woman made her way home on the bus system in Montgomery, Alabama.

When a white woman approached and demanded that she give up her seat, the young woman refused to stand.  The bus driver yelled at her.  Still she refused.  Eventually, the police physically dragged her away and imprisoned her.

The young woman was Claudette Colvin, and she said “no” a year before Rosa Parks did the same thing, in the same county, on the same bus system.


About Allie Jane Bruce

Children's Librarian, Bank Street College. Librarian, We Need Diverse Books. Co-creator of Reading While White ( Newbery Committee 2016. Addicted to children's literature and chocolate.
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