Little known Black History facts

It was March 2, 1955, when the fifteen-year-old school girl refused to move to the back of the bus, nine months before Rosa Parks’ stand that launched the Montgomery bus boycott. Claudette had been studying Black leaders like Harriet Tubman in her segregated school, those conversations had led to discussions around the current day Jim Crow laws they were all experiencing. When the bus driver ordered Claudette to get up, she refused, “It felt like Sojourner Truth was on one side pushing me down, and Harriet Tubman was on the other side of me pushing me down. I couldn’t get up.”

Claudette Colvin’s stand didn’t stop there. Arrested and thrown in jail, she was one of four women who challenged the segregation law in court. If Browder v. Gayle became the court case that successfully overturned bus segregation laws in both Montgomery and Alabama, why has Claudette’s story been largely forgotten? At the time, the NAACP and other Black organizations felt Rosa Parks made a better icon for the movement than a teenager. As an adult with the right look, Rosa Parks was also the secretary of the NAACP, and was both well-known and respected – people would associate her with the middle class and that would attract support for the cause. But the struggle to end segregation was often fought by young people, more than half of which were women.

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Thought for the day

“What if we loved others as Christ loved us? What would life look or be like for the world? Or, is the power of compare and contrast, good versus evil necessary to reveal folly? Something to think about.” – Lionel

Thought for the day

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“Starting from your first steps out of bed to your retiring for the night, see the world and your immediate surroundings through the lens of grace. For grace is the substance that makes sense of it all.”  – Pastor Lionel


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Thought for the day

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“Joy is a place of rest with the undeniable promise of what grace has established to remain in a constant state of rest.” – Pastor Lionel


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