- At a time when segregation was still rife in the US, Rosa Parks became a notable figure because of her heroic act for refusing to give up her seat in a bus
- The civil rights icon's bold move was a contributory factor that compelled the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that segregation on public buses was unconstitutional
- However, before Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin
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In December 1955, Rosa Parks, an audacious civil rights icon made history when she courageously refused to give her seat to a white passenger in a bus.
According to Blackhistory.com, Parks' heroic act followed Claudette Colvin, an Black-American teenager who became the first to refuse to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus which led to her arrest on March 2, 1953.
Nine months later, when Rosa Parks also refused to give up her seat to another white passenger, this brought much attention to the issue which gained national attention.
According to Blackhistory.com, for many years, Montgomery's Black leaders did not publicize Colvin as a civil rights pioneer because it was rumoured that she had become pregnant by a married man, but those rumours later turned out to be false.
Colvin, then 15 years, became the original civil rights pioneer because her bravery was the spark that ignited the bus boycott movement in Montgomery, Alabama.
That movement lasted 381 days and eventually compelled the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that segregation on public buses was unconstitutional.
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In a related story, Victor Pul, a resident of Wa in the Upper West Region became the first Ghanaian to pilot the first scheduled commercial flight to the new Wa airport today [Tuesday], October 15, 2019.
The old student of San Francis Xavier Minor Seminary Secondary School made history as he piloted the first scheduled commercial flight which touched down in Wa at 11:30am.
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