Civil rights activists to speak at library to highlight Black History Month

Two civil rights activists from different generations will speak at the San Francisco Public Library next month as part of the institution’s effort to highlight Black History Month.

Claudette Colvin, an Alabama woman who refused to give up her seat to a white person in 1955, three months before Rosa Parks’ more-celebrated act of defiance, will speak to an audience at the public library’s main branch on Sunday, Feb. 6. She will be joined by Bryonn Bain, an activist, hip-hop artist and author.

The two will discuss civil rights topics in a forum mediated by Enid Lee, an educator. The seminar, titled, “Riding While Black 1955: Claudette Colvin / Walking While Black 1999: Bryonn Bain,” will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the main branch, located at 100 Larkin St.

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