Civil Rights activism
At the age of 15, she tried to integrate the bus system and break down segregation
Image Source: Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times (left) The Montgomery Advertiser, via Melanie Kroupa Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux (right)
Claudette Colvin was born in Montgomery, Alabama. In 1955, at age 15, she stood up against segregation by refusing to give up her seat on a bus. She was arrested on several charges, including violating the city's segregation laws. Her action took place nine months before Rosa Parks did the same thing.
Hoose, Phillip. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice. (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2009).