I’ve illustrated Claudette Colvin for Black History Month.
Claudette is also known as ‘The Other Rosa Park’ despite actually being the first person arrested for resisting bus segregation in Alabama, 1955. Claudette is a pioneer of the African American Civil Rights Movement and a superhero who had to testify in court. Despite her influence, we tend to only recognise the name of Rosa Parks because black leaders didn’t publicly speak of Claudette the trailblazer. Why? Because she was a teenager who was pregnant by a married man…
I think the phrase “not all heroes wear capes” is pretty apt for this incredible lady. Claudette was handcuffed, arrested and forcibly removed from the bus, and shouted that her constitutional rights were being violated. Sadly this still sounds very familiar when thinking about the recent ‘Black Lives Matter’ epidemic that has resulted in unecessary violence and death during attacks from white police officers on black citizens in America.
The most important thing to remember this #blackhistorymonth isn’t just those who fought for equality, but also your privilege. If you’re white, you are privileged. You are not a target and you are not treated differently based on your skin colour. Sometimes I think barely anything has changed when I read the headlines… keep fighting and keep standing up for what’s right.