Claudette Colvin (born September 5 1939), who some historians say is the "Mother of the modern Civil Rights Movement", is an African American woman from Alabama. In 1955, at the age of 15, she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus to a white person, in violation of local law. Her arrest preceded civil rights activist Rosa Parks' (on December 1, 1955) by nine months. In later months following the incident, Colvin became pregnant, thus making the NAACP question whether or not Colvin was a "reputable" face for the Civil Rights movement.
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