Black history month commemoration features Civil Rights activist Claudette Colvin

AmNews Staff Reports | 2/11/2016, 9:56 a.m.
Civil Rights Activist Claudette Colvin is commemorated at Black History month film festival.
Before there was Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin

The March on Washington Film Festival, 1199SEIU and the Bread and Roses Cultural Project present civil rights icon and 1199SEIU member, Claudette Colvin of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, in conversation with New York Times journalist Jada F. Smith, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m., at Martin Luther King Labor Center Auditorium, 310 W. 43rd St.

Colvin was 15 when she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white person—nine months before Rosa Parks did the very same thing.

Special remarks will be made by George Gresham, president of 1199SEIU, with a video excerpt from “Eyes on the Prize: Awakenings, 1954-56” and a performance by dancer Adaku Utah and violinist Juliette Jones.

The event is promoting the March on Washington Film Festival, taking place in July in Washington, D.C. The festival strives to increase awareness of the events and people of the civil rights era and inspire renewed passion for activism.