Civil rights icon gets recognition in scholarship
On a day when American icon Rosa Parks is celebrated nationally, one woman's bravery in refusing to give up her seat in 1955 is just as important for future generations.
On March 2, 1955, current Bronx resident Claudette Colvin stood up for her rights while sitting down on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
It was Colvin's case that led to the ruling that segregation on buses in Montgomery County was unconstitutional.
"It was unfair," Colvin says. "That was a double standard."
On March 2, the Peace December organization will be awarding the Claudette Colvin Scholarship to a young Bronx resident heading to college.