BORN

September 5, 1939
Montgomery, AL

DIED

present

Claudette Colvin

Civil Rights Activist, Nurse

Whenever people ask me: ‘Why didn’t you get up when the bus driver asked you?’ I say it felt as though Harriet Tubman’s hands were pushing me down on one shoulder and Sojourner Truth’s hands were pushing me down on the other shoulder. I felt inspired by these women because my teacher taught us about them in so much detail.

—Claudette Colvin

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