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…

Bringing forth the hidden lives

Sonder is the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.

Here, we celebrate our untethered curiosity to learn more about each other. Humans overlap, co-mingle, and percolate – and through this we change. What can we learn from the softness of a stranger?

Meet Jean Melesaine, a Bay Area photographer who tells stories of people caught in the in-between.

Then there are the geniuses behind the Shine Theory – the idea that success of others will in turn bring success to you. Do what the teabag says for once – be nice and help others.

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