I could not move because history had me glued to the seat. It felt like Sojourner Truth’s hands were pushing down on one shoulder, and Harriet Tubman’s hand pushing down on another shoulder.

Claudette Colvin, who was the first person to refuse to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama.

At age 15, she was arrested in an act of civil disobedience, nine months before Rosa Parks’ historic act of resistance. Colvin’s case later led to the Supreme Court decision to desegregate the bus system.

Watch Amy Goodman & Juan Gonzalez’s interview with Colvin on Democracy Now! here.

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