Claudette Colvin resisted bus segregation nine months before Rosa Parks, and it is her case that went to the Supreme Court — only for her to be swept under the rug by NAACP leaders since she was a pregnant teenager. - http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=101719889
And because she was too dark …
YES!!!!! Thank you!!! I’m so glad this is going around!
There were many dark skinned black people who were involved in every single aspect of the Civil Rights Movement. I’m watching one of the Little Rock Nine, Ernest Green, on MSNBC as I type this, and he is far from light-skinned.
Y’all really need to stop turning the Civil Rights Movement into a Light/Dark Skin Civil War. It’s nowhere near that simple and you’re being ignorant when you reduce it to such.
Diane Nash, one of the original freedom riders, told me (in a lecture of hers that I attended) about this woman.
It’s important to realized that the Civil Rights Movement wasn’t one giant monolith of black people getting together. Black men were still trying to silence black women as they praised the white dick of patriarchy (read Angela Davis’ Autobiography). Gay black men like Bayard Rustin were shunned for their sexuality. And colorism was alive and thriving.
I hate when people try to paint the Civil Rights Movement as some hand-holding, kumbaya, utopian time of black unity.
I think I remember seeing this somewhere. Always important to remember moments and people like these.