This is very important. It highlights the respectability politics that fueled a lot of the Civil Rights movement. It’s never to discredit Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King, but it is so important to understand that there were other people involved in this whole thing and also to understand why their names are rarely mentioned. There is a reason why the young, handsome, college-educated, MLK was recruited to play the position of the leader just as there was a reason why Rosa Park’s was made the face of the bus boycotts.
It also needs to be said that Claudette Colvin becoming an unwed mother was not the only reason that she was not publicized…Claudette (who is still alive today, at the age of 74…remember folks, this is OUR HISTORY) is a dark skinned black woman. Don’t tell me that shadism didn’t come into play in these decisions. It’s something that needs to be acknowledged and owned up to.