*And that’s exactly what we’re doing…tellin‘. We’ve all heard about the courageous act of Rosa Parks on that hot summer day in 1955, after getting off work, dog-tired, and when the white man told her to get up out of her sear so a white woman could sit down, she pretty much told him to go screw himself.
Well, not to take anything at all from Miss Parks, because her legacy is safe with us, and I am proud to say that I actually met the woman, but according to” records” she may not have actually been the first.
Claudette Colvin was. And you can hear the story directly from her mouth.
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That’s right. Its on record that Colvin beat Rosa Parks to that one. She refused to relinguish her seat.
She says she is always asked that questions, and always gives the same answer.
“History had me glued to my seat.”
Colvin credits her sheroes, Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth for keeping her in that seat on the day she was told to get up.
“They picked the wrong woman that day,” she tells an audience in the video (Scroll down).
“People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired,” Parks later wrote, “but that is not true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of the day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” –Rosa Parks
There are a couple of theories as to why Parks was chosen to be the “poster child” for the start of the civil rights movement. Some say it is because Colvin was too young at the time. Others say it is because she was of a darker hue.
She appears to be a remarkable woman. I’m so glad she has lived to tell us her story, starting with an answer to the question,
“Why didn’t you move when asked?”
Here’s the video.