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Civil Rights Pioneer Who Refused To Give Up Her Seat A White Person Has Criminal Record Cleared

In March 1955, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin sat aboard a crowded city bus in Montgomery USA with three classmates, in the section reserved for black people.

Ms Colvin says a young white woman boarded and moved towards the back of the bus, hoping to take a seat.

At the time, a black person and a white person could not sit in the same row, and all the seats were already taken.

The bus driver asked the four students to move and stand in the aisles.

Ms. Colvin refused, saying she had paid her fare and that it was her constitutional right to remain where she was.

“I said I could not move because history had me glued to the seat,” she said.

Ms Colvin was convicted of assaulting a police officer during her subsequent arrest and put on probation.

After a petition from Ms Colvin, an Alabama judge last month ordered the records to be destroyed.


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