Civil rights trailblazer Claudette Colvin visits BC

From left: Jennifer Colvin, Claudette Colvin, Cheryl Colvin.
From left: Jennifer Colvin, Claudette Colvin, Cheryl Colvin.(Lee Pellegrini)

Claudette Colvin, who was arrested in Alabama in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white person, spoke to Boston College students Thursday as part of the BC School of Social Work’s yearlong focus on race and justice. Colvin’s arrest is overshadowed in the history books by Rosa Parks’s similar civil rights stand, but it happened nine months before. The 75-year-old Colvin was joined at BC Thursday by her daughter-in-law Cheryl , who serves on the committee planning the 50th anniversary commemoration of the march from Selma to Montgomery, and also her granddaughter Jennifer , who’s a student at the Boston College School of Social Work.