‘Drunk History’ of Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks provides fresh stories behind the Montgomery Bus Boycott

It came to the attention of demVoices staff writers–thanks to a tip from Facebook community member Kathy Bolden–that Rosa Parks was not in fact the first person to refuse to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Claudette Colvin was 15 years old when she refused to stand up from her seat on public transportation, on the very same bus system that Rosa Parks later was removed from for staging the same action. Following our curiosity, we discovered that there have been many attempts to inform the world of who this other civil rights leader was, and what her significance is to the major civil rights movement that is most often associated with the name and actions of Rosa Parks. Here is one of those attempts: