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Wed, 03.02.1955

Black woman jailed for Bus Seating incident

Claudette Colvin

*On this date in 1955, 15-year-old Black teenager Claudette Colvin was arrested for refusing to move out of her seat for a white woman on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

She was violating the same segregation law that Rosa Parks ran into on nine months later. Colvin was the first person to plead not guilty to such a charge. Her attorney, Fred Gray, raised constitutional issues in her defense but she was convicted.

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