Presents the life of the Alabama teenager who played an integral role in the Montgomery bus strike, once by refusing to give up a bus seat, and again, by becoming a plaintiff in the landmark civil rights case against the bus company.
Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 60 minutes
Date Posted: 9/4/2020
We will host a panel discussion connecting stories of teenagers in the past fighting to address systemic injustice to those of the present. The 2020 annual summit will be centered on the case study of Claudette Colvin—a 15-year-old Black student in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955. Colvin refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus and testified in the legal case that brought an end to segregated busing in Montgomery. The summit will set aside time for students to discuss on the guiding question through facilitated conversation with their teachers, peers, and families. During this time, they will create recommendations for themselves, their peers, communities, and the nation about the power of teenagers to shape our present and future.
United States History Standards (Grades 5-12)
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards (Grades 6-8)
D2.His.15.6-8. (History): Evaluate the relative influence of various causes of events and developments in the past.
D2.His.16.6-8. (History): Organize applicable evidence into a coherent argument about the past.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards (Grades 9-12)
D2.His.15.9-12. (History): Distinguish between long-term causes and triggering events in developing a historical argument.
D2.His.16.9-12. (History): Integrate evidence from multiple relevant historical sources and interpretations into a reasoned argument about the past.