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Woman who refused to give up bus seat in 1955 asking court to finally expunge record

A teenage Claudette Colvin refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger during the segregation era in Montgomery, Ala.
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Courtesy of Claudette Colvin
A teenage Claudette Colvin refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger during the segregation era in Montgomery, Ala.

Civil rights pioneer Claudette Colvin will ask a Montgomery County court to clear her record on Tuesday of criminal charges she faced over 65 years ago.

Colvin was 15 years old when she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white person on a bus in Montgomery in 1955. She was charged with two counts of violating the city’s segregation ordinance and one felony count of assaulting a police officer. Colvin’s arrest came nine months before the infamous Rosa Parks case but did not receive as much attention.

Now 82, Colvin is asking for her record to be cleared once and for all. Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl B. Bailey will be filing a motion in support of Colvin’s request.

Lacey Alexander is a digital intern for Alabama Public Radio.
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