Claudette Colvin was the first black woman not to give up her seat to a white woman on a bus

Claudette Colvin was the first black woman not to give up her seat to a white woman on a bus

Claudette Colvin was the first black woman not to give up her seat to a white woman on a bus, not Rosa Parks.

Parks was Secretary for the NAACP at the time and when Colvin’s actions hit the news the NAACP thought the tactic was a great way to bring eyes and ears to their cause. Since Colvin was merely a child (15 years old) they didn’t want to seem like they were exploiting her so they chose Parks as the “face of the movement”. When Rosa Parks boarded the bus that day it was under instruction to refuse to give up her seat in the front of the bus; copying Colvin’s actions and refocusing the attention on an adult who was better suited to handle the media attention and interviews.