♍ Civil rights activist. Born on September 5, 1939, in Montgomery, Alabama. Nine months before Rosa Parks, Claudette Colvin stood up against segregation in Alabama in 1955. She was only 15 years old at the time. Colvin also served as a plaintiff in the landmark legal case, Browder v. Gayle, which helped end the practice of segregation on Montgomery public buses. Colvin moved to New York City and worked as a nurse's aide. She retired in 2004.