Abdul Ali wrote an article for The Root on Claudette Colvin titled, "The Woman Civil Rights Leaders Threw Under The Bus".
She was 15 years old when she refused to give up her seat on a bus in
Montgomery and was forcefully removed and assaulted by authorities. She was referred to as the "Other Rosa Parks" during that period when Mrs. Parks became the symbol of resistance to Montgomery's segregated transportation system. The historical accounts omitted her over time and many were taught that Rosa Parks was the only one who defied the system. There were other blacks who resisted this southern practice as well and Ms. Parks would educate the audiences wherever she spoke about these courageous citizens. The selection process, however, for this bold stance was based on colorism, stature and age. In Mr. Ali's article, he provided a link to 'Democracy Now' and their interview with Ms. Colvin, age 73 about those events and what paths she's travelled since then.