9 Black Female Freedom Fighters Who Deserve to be on U.S. Currency in Addition to Harriet Tubman

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Claudette Colvin

Claudette Colvin was a 15-year-old girl who refused to give up her seat to a white person nearly a year before Rosa Parks. In an interview with NPR Colvin was asked why everyone only thinks of Parks and she stated, “She was an adult, They [NAACP and other Black organizations] didn’t think teenagers would be reliable.” Colvin was also pregnant as a teenager by an older man and many also frowned upon that.  Parks was also chosen for the reason of colorism. “Her skin texture was the kind that people associate with the middle class,” she stated. “She fit the profile.”  Jo Ann Gibson-Robinson disagreed and felt that she should be able to be the face of the Montgomery bus boycotts.

Source: biography.com

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