Women’s History Month: Before Rosa Parks There Was Claudette Colvin

Claudette Colvin was 15 in 1955. She may have been young, but she knew her constitutional rights, and on March 2 that year, she stood up for her rights on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama when she refused to give her seat to a white woman at the bus driver’s command. Two white officers dragged […]

Lucille Bridges: Hero of School Desegregation

Lucille Commadore was born in Tylertown, Miss., on Aug. 12, 1934. Her parents, Curtis and Amy Commadore, were sharecroppers, and her mother worked as a housekeeper.  Lucille stopped attending school after the eighth grade so she could help them in the fields. In 1953, Lucille married Abon Bridges, a mechanic.  She gave birth to Ruby […]