Claudette Colvin, Original Woman Who Refused to Give Up Her Seat

Most history books forget that Claudette Colvin is an African-American who refused to give up her seat on the bus, nine months before Rosa Parks. It was March 2nd, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, when Colvin paid her fare and refused to get up from the seat for a white woman. She'd been studying Black history in high school that month and felt inspired by Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth. She felt the spirit of those two women pushing her down in her seat, telling her not to give it up. "All I remember is that I was not going to…

Resilient Coders, a Nonprofit Welcoming Marginalized into Tech

RC tech advisor Alec Ortega and graduate, Maria Inés, two Bostonians tipping the scale toward inclusivity and diversity in tech.

Bootcamps and mentorships at Resilient Coders are offered specifically to disadvantaged youth.

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