20 March 2020

Published March 18, 2020 by rochellewisoff

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 Green, not blue, click on the frog anyway. (You were expecting maybe poetry?)

A little snippet about Claudette Colvin not COVID 😉 Another woman history glossed over.  

Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100


“’Thy kingdom come…’” The fifteen-year-old girl huddled on the musty cot, gazing through jail cell bars.  Her arms ached from brutal policemen’s hands, gauging and yanking. “’…Thy will be done…’”

            “Stand strong,” whispered Sojourner Truth.

            “You shall overcome,” sang Harriet Tubman.

            Now in her 90’s, Claudette Colvin recalls that fateful Wednesday, March 2, 1955, when she refused to give up her bus seat to a white woman.

            “If she’d been an elderly white woman, I might have given her my seat.”

            Few know or remember it was a child who inspired Rosa Parks and led her people out of bondage.




77 comments on “20 March 2020

  • Nowadays, it seems like no one gives up their seat(s) regardless of age, gender, race, pregnancy or disability. Race and gender are irrelevant as equals. But age and medical conditions are just common decency.

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    • Dear Anita,

      There were a lot of reasons she isn’t as well known as her family’s friend, Rosa Parks. Nonetheless, she was a brave girl. Glad we’re learning about her now. Thank you




  • Dear Rochelle,

    Goes to show… the media conveniently dissed the child – for whatever reasons they felt necessary. So glad her truth is out, no matter how long it took. And especially glad that you go digging for these and share them with us. We are all the better for the knowledge you give us!

    Shalom and lotsa learnin’ love,


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  • I knew I should know the name Claudette Colvin. Took a few moments for my brain to wake up:)

    Born and raised in the North, it’s hard for me to wrap my mind around what it was like to be Black in the South, and all the changes that have taken place. I imagine there are still some who consider themselves superior to others on the basis of skin color. Reading a story like this reminds of the newspapers of the ’60s, full of stories of the Civil Rights movement.

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    • Dear Linda,

      I was born and raised in Kansas City. I remember the news stories but was pretty polarized in the burbs. There wasn’t a black child in our whole school district until my senior year. I didn’t know about Claudette Colvin until I Googled influential women. Thank you for your insights. 😀



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  • Dang it! I’ve never even heard of Sojourner Truth. I had to read about her before I could read about Claudette Colvin, which led me to read about Jeremiah Reeves.

    It looks to me like the NAACP was right to make Rosa Parks the face of their bus boycott. It would have been a lot for a pregnant teen to deal with, and Claudette Colvin would have been easier to dismiss. Though, Ms. Colvin deserves much more recognition for sparking the fire that was the bus boycott and maybe even to have an OutKast song named after her.

    Excellent work as always, Rochelle. Thank you for consistently teaching me a thing or two and bringing to light underappreciated contributions by strong, brave human beings.

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    • Dear Nobbin,

      I also watched a recent interview with Claudette and her sister. Apparently they were ordered by their mother to keep their mouths shut until after Rosa Park’s passing. I guess there’s politics in everything. Thank you.



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  • To have that courage at the age of 15 is impressive… she should have been remembered but maybe it’s easier to diss a child than a grown-up. I can actually see a little bit of that from some people when it comes from Greta Thunberg these days… even if she has a voice today

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  • You paint a very clear picture of the way Claudette suffered in police custody, spelling out the physical pain and leaving us to imagine the mental pressure, and the fear of rape. Good writing, Rochelle.

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    • Dear Penny,

      I have to wonder about rape in her case. They brought up the fact that she was a pregnant teen and somewhere else I read the baby was light skinned. No mention anywhere that I’ve found of the baby’s father. Hm? At any rate, thank you for your kind comments/compliments.



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  • I’m from the south. My mother said prejudice was learned. She never taught me.
    I honestly believe she would have sat next to Rosa Parks when she sat in the white section of the bus.
    I know this because I saw my white mother stand up for others.

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  • History singles out heroes. But behind every one of them is a network of little heroes. Like little sparks that kindle a great flame, change would be impossible without those people who against all odds decided to be the first to speak out. I never knew of Claudette and am so grateful to learn about her now.

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  • I’m a d’Verse Poets Pub member. I saw your link on Bjorn’s site, so I thought I would give it a spin. Your link in confused me, but I think I managed it. History is taught by those in power. It’s only been a few years since it was revealed that a hell of a lot of cowboys in the Old West were black.

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    • Dear Glenn,

      The inLinkz can be confusing but is really pretty simple once you get used to it. I’ve found it a great way to keep people straight. 😉 True story about history. Someone once said to me, “How come there isn’t a White History Month?” I replied,”That’s every month, isn’t it?”
      Welcome aboard. Thank you for reading and commenting.




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