Freedom Fighter Claudette Colvin’s 1955 Arrest Record Finally Expunged After She Stayed Seated On Segregated Bus
Written By Bilal G. Morris(Source NewsOne):A civil rights icon who had been on probation since 1955 over her arrest for refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Alabama has finally had her arrest record expunged following decades of outcry. Colvin’s arrest came about nine months before the Montgomery bus boycott began following the arrest of Rosa Parks for the same Jim Crow-era offense. Now 82, nearly 67 years later, a judge in Montgomery has granted Colvin’s petition to have her arrest record wiped clean, CBS News re-ported. “My record was expunged,” Colvin told “CBS Mornings” in an exclusive interview on Thursday. But Colvin and her lawyer still hope to get her record expunged by the Montgomery County court.thewestsidegazette.com
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Long before Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks made history for refusing to give up seats on segregated buses, Wells was dragged from a train car reserved for white women. The train conductor told Wells to move to the smoking car, where black passengers were forced to sit, but she stayed where she was. He tried to drag me out of the seat, but the moment he caught hold of my arm I fastened my teeth in the back of his hand, she wrote in her autobiography.sun-sentinel.com