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Being black in the United States during the 1950s, means facing racial segregation every day. Blacks and whites are separated from one another, and don’t even use the same sidewalks.
March the 2nd 1955, Claudette—aged 15 at the time—catches a bus after finishing school and takes a seat in a section reserved for black people. A white woman gets on the bus, and as there are no seats left, demands the one Claudette is sitting in, as the law allows her to. But Claudette refuses to give up her seat, which leads to her being violently apprehended by the police. She at first gets support from the African-American civil rights movements, including Rosa Parks, buts ends up being unjustly tried and convicted of a crime. Young, poor, and uncultured, she gets sacrificed by these civil rights organizations, as she’s not the model symbol of rebellion they were hoping for. Ashamed of her rejection, she becomes pregnant by a married man.
Pregnant and ostracized, Claudette Colvin’s future looks gloomy.
A year later, Rosa Parks also refuses to give up her seat to a white person on the bus. Her actions result in a turn of events quite different from that of Claudette Colvin. Older and more respectable, Rosa Parks is thrust into the public eye as the symbol against racial segregation and helps abolish the unjust laws that uphold it. This is when Rosa Parks goes down in history, and Claudette Colvin is forgotten.