The city of Montgomery, Alabama has declared March 2nd, Claudette Colvin Day. That date marks the day in 1955, when the impassioned teenager, fed up with the daily injustices of Jim Crow segregation, refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus.
“She was an early foot soldier in our civil rights, and we did not want this opportunity to go by without declaring March 2 as Claudette Colvin Day to thank her for her leadership in the modern day civil rights movement,”
—Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange
Author Phillip Hoose worked closely with Claudette Colvin to write the story of her courage in the National Book Award Winning book, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice.
Read about this wonderful act by the Montgomery, Alabama City Council HERE.