Monday, March 16, 2009

Claudette Colvin

So who is Claudette Colvin? According to this street art on Elizabeth Street, north of Prince, Ms. Colvin was a 15-year old girl from Alabama who refused to give up her seat on the bus in 1955 and was subsequently arrested. This happened 9 months before Rosa Parks did the same thing and became a national civil rights activist.

Isn't it great to get a history lesson from street art? So what have your learned lately?

16 comments:

Olivier said...

je ne connaissais pas Claudette Colvin, merci pour le lien. belle peinture murale
I did not know Claudette Colvin, thank you for link. nice wall painting

Vogon Poet said...

I confess my ignorance of Claudette Colvin.
Corageous girl , honor to her... but the mural is ugly!

Paz said...

Very cool. I just learned something new. Thanks. I like the mural a lot.

Paz

Kitty said...

funny, I noticed this mural for the first time recently, too. I wonder whether it's relatively new?

history is funny like that. Certain things are remembered, other things tossed away.

Jilly said...

That IS interesting. We all know about Rosa Parks but not about this young girl. How brave she was. I really like this street art, Ming.

Catching up and so good to see your fab shots of Barcelona. You must have had a ball there. Great!

Shammickite said...

If this is true, then what happened to Claudette? And her baby? Is she still alive? Does the baby, now an adult, know about his/her mother's act of defiance?Does Claudette know about the street art that reminds us of the struggle back in 1955? So many questions, and no answers.

Peter said...

What I learned today (so far) is what I just learned about Claudette! I read the whole story via your link. Thanks!

Chuck Pefley said...

Always a surprise what we can learn walking from point A to B while allowing our curiosity to remain active. I, too, had never known about Claudette. Rather than seeing this mural as "ugly" I see it as a rough reminder of the roughness and unfairness of life. Thanks, Ming.

Daryl said...

Its always about ... wait for it .. timing!

Susu said...

I love the picture! I'll have to go see it when I get over there later this year.

glenda said...

I had never heard of her until a couple of days ago on NPR. They had an interview with her. So its neat to see this mural so soon after my radio encounter.

valeria said...

Now that's an eroic and brave thing to do. She should be remembered as a heroin.

Todd HellsKitchen said...

I love the art. Nice shot.

PJ said...

If I remember rightly, she wasn't considered a good test case candidate, something in her background. There were others before Rosa Parks but she had the whole package. I'm glad to see she's getting some recognition.

Babooshka said...

Well I never knew that I always thought it was Rosa Parks. Brilliant find both the art(This ain't no grafitti) and the new name. I learned that my bonkers island has it's own saint which tied in nicely with St Patricks Day. I also learned I am off to the pub to celebrate shortly.

L.Shaw said...

Those colors are awesome!