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Civil rights activist Claudette Colvin wants her arrest record from 1955 expunged

It is believed that Claudette Colvin, a civil rights activist imprisoned in 1955 because she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, has been trying to erase her record ever since.

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It is believed that Claudette Colvin, a civil rights activist imprisoned in 1955 because she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, has been trying to erase her record ever since.

Colvin’s legal team plans to request the charges against him be dropped via the Montgomery Court on Tuesday (Oct. 26), The Associated Press reports. Her previous charges included a felony assault charge against a police officer and two counts of violating the city’s segregation ordinance. It was overturned on appeal after she had been convicted on all counts by a juvenile court.

“I have become an old woman. For my grandchildren and great grandchildren, expunging my records will make a difference. In a sworn statement, Colvin, 82, said that the decision would also have an effect on future generations of Black children.

Police arrest reports indicate that Colvin and another Black girl were sitting across from two white girls when she was fifteen years old in 1955. Their refusal to move back with the other “colored” people meant they would remain in the front seats. Ultimately, Colvin was arrested for refusing to move.

It is significant that Colvin’s case occurred nine months before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus. Her previous statements to CNN indicated that Parks received more attention because her appearance was more acceptable to whites.

It is Colvin’s hope that she can erase her record and help society advance. Her filing is said to state that she wants us to move forward and be better. As I look at why I’m seeking to have the state clear my name, I think that if that happens, it will show the generation growing up now that change really is possible and can take place. This will encourage them to do good in the world.”

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