Category Archives: 1950s

Claudette Colvin arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to move to the back of the bus 60 years ago today (Mar 2 1955)

Video: 'Popular Claudette Colvin Videos'

(Wednesday, March 2, 1955; during the African-American Civil Rights Movement (1954–68)) — Nine months before Rosa Parks’ famous act of defiance, Claudette Colvin, a 15-year-old black high school student in Montgomery, Alabama, was arrested today after refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white passenger.

‘Patterns’ debuts on NBC’s ‘Kraft Television Theatre’ 60 years ago this hour (Jan 12 1955)

Video: 'Patterns (1955)'

(Wednesday, January 12, 1955, 9:00-10:00 p.m. EST)Patterns, an original play by Rod Serling about corporate politics and big business power games, was presented live tonight on NBC as part of the anthology series Kraft Television Theatre.

Directed by Fielder Cook, the intense big-business drama starred Richard Kiley, Everett Sloane and Ed Begley.

Anderson becomes first African-American to perform with Metropolitan Opera in New York 60 years ago tonight (Jan 7 1955)

Video: 'Marian Anderson canta Un ballo in Maschera'

(Friday, January 7, 1955; during the African-American Civil Rights Movement (1954–68)) — Singer Marian Anderson made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera in New York in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, becoming the first black person to perform there as a member.