From Footnote to Fame in Civil Rights History
Published: November 25, 2009
On that supercharged day in 1955, when Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Ala., she rode her way into history books, credited with helping to ignite the civil rights movement.
Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times (left), The Montgomery Advertiser, via Melanie Kroupa Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Claudette Colvin in a portrait taken in November (left) and as a child around 1953.
Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times
Claudette Colvin’s historic stand preceded that of Rosa Parks.
Michael Appleton for The New York Times
Phillip Hoose, with Claudette Colvin, accepting a National Book Award last week for “Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice.”
The Montgomery Advertiser, via Melanie Kroupa Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
But there was another woman, named…
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