Ms. Colvin made her stand on March 2, 1955, and Mrs. Parks made hers on
Dec. 1 that same year. Somehow, as Mrs. Parks became one of Time
Magazine’s 100 most important people of the 20th century, and streets
and schools were named after her, Ms. Colvin managed to let go of any
bitterness. After Ms. Colvin was arrested, Mrs. Parks, a seasoned N.A.A.C.P.
official, sometimes let her spend the night at her apartment. Ms.
Colvin remembers her as a reserved but kindly woman who fixed her
snacks of peanut butter on Ritz crackers.
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