Civil rights pioneer has bus arrest record cleared
Civil rights pioneer Claudette Colvin's 1955 arrest for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white person has been erased by a judge, per the Montgomery Advertiser.
The big picture: Colvin, who was then 15 years old, was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for challenging segregation on the Montgomery bus line — nine months before Rosa Parks was arrested.
- She was convicted of assaulting a police officer during the arrest and placed on probation.
- The 82-year-old in October filed a request to have the record of her arrest and probation erased. She was supported by city and county officials, including Montgomery's mayor and Montgomery County's district attorney.
What she's saying: "My name was cleared, and I'm no longer a juvenile delinquent at 82," Colvin told CBS on Thursday.