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Judge clears civil rights pioneer's record 66 years after unjust arrest

2 years 5 months 6 days ago Thursday, December 16 2021 Dec 16, 2021 December 16, 2021 8:12 AM December 16, 2021 in News
Source: CNN
Claudette Colvin and attorney Phillip Ensler

MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Claudette Colvin, now 82 years old, was only 15 when she cited her rights to an Alabama bus driver who insisted she give up her seat to a White person.

Colvin's refusal to comply with the racist demand resulted in her arrest. 

The incident occurred in 1955, nine months before Rosa Parks garnered national attention for doing the very same thing. 

Now, 66 years after the arrest, Judge Calvin Williams has granted Colvin's request to seal, destroy, and expunge her juvenile court records.

CNN says she petitioned the court with the request in October and Williams signed an order November 24, saying he was granting the motion to seal for good cause and fairness for "what has since been recognized as a courageous act on her behalf and on behalf of a community of affected people."

The judge ordered the records to be destroyed, including all references to the arrest.

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