We would like the Smithsonian to set the record straight by including Claudette's story.
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Did history fail to get it right?
Rosa Parks has been credited with being the mother of the civil rights movement. But it was not her arrest that led to the desegregation of the buses in Montgomery Alabama, but a 15-year-old girl named Claudette Colvin, whose act of civil disobedience 9 months earlier, led to a lawsuit and ultimately a Supreme Court ruling that changed the laws of a city and then a nation.
In September 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened to great fanfare. Colvin said she was surprised and disappointed that she was not invited to the opening dedication. Her sister, Gloria Laster, said, Claudette did not have a place of honor in the museum for her act of bravery. Instead, a small picture of Colvin was attached to a larger display of Rosa.
"Why does history fail to get it right?" the family asks. They would like the Smithsonian to help set the record straight by including Claudette's story.
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