So when she left home Tuesday morning to vote in the Senate outflow that drew attention to state racist violence, she went with the Confederate flag that was thrown over her shoulder and a red string hanging on her neck.
Inappropriate lessons have caused some people to scratch their heads, but those who know Bivins say that makes sense.
When Carlos Wilson met Bivino outside the ballot box in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, he felt he was in charge. Wilson, a pastor at the Ebenezer Monk Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, met Ten years ago with Bivino on a function linked to his common interests of political activism and social justice.
"Claudia is a very open, very conscious woman … If there is something that must be said – it must be said – and if he is around, he is one of those people who will say it," he said.
"I immediately knew what was happening, but I always enjoyed her story, so I asked what was happening today."
Bivins told CNN that her trip to the constituency was a cruise trip with a seven-year-old grandson.
She brought the string, she said, to symbolize the past lynching of her ancestors. The flag should represent the heavy burden of racism that still exists on her shoulders, she says.
"He still loves me," Bivins said. "Flag represents racism, slavery and suffering."
Bivins was part of the first integrated class in high school, she said, adding that one of the lessons she shared with her grandson on Tuesday was that she was not allowed to attend the school she attends when she was at his age.
After the vote, Bivins took her grandson to a place he visits: the grave of Vernon Dahmer, a civil rights activist who killed Ku Klux Klan for organizing voters registration for Afro-Americans.
In recent years, Bivins said she would often visit Dahmer's tomb on election day. This year, she laid with her grandson the Confederate flag over his grave and laid on it olive branches and peppermint peppers. She said the branches of the olive trees symbolized the champion that Dahmer was and the peppermint of mint represents healing.
"When I set up a rebellion rebellion over Vernon's tomb, I told my grandson what he was posing – our hope that racism and hatred would die," Bivins said. "It would be killed at the root of our hearts, minds and souls."
Bivins said her demonstration was inspired by the election this week, which brought racism and lynx back in the past to Mississippi. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who told one supporter, would be "in the first place" if she had "invited me to the public arrest".
Her campaign team called this comment "an exaggerated expression of attention", but the comment still stands for her support from big names donors like Walmart and Google.
CNN also said that Hyde Smith had once enforced a measure that praised the Confederate soldier's attempt to "defend his homeland" and promoted a revisionist view of the civil war.
Bivins told CNN he was opposed to President Donald Trump's decision to campaign for Hyde Smith.
"Some people thought it was a bad taste," Wilson said. "But if you know Claudia and you know the message she is trying to send, those of us who know her are very proud of her."
Among those who initially found Bivin's actions were rejected by members of the Dahmer family.
Vernon Dahmer was co-founder of Hattiesburg from NAACP. In 1964, he met with the Student Non-violent Coordination Committee (SNCC) to organize a voter registration movement.
His mantra was, "if you do not vote, you will not count."
The movement has faced threats of violence, and – for the work that African Americans have registered for voting – the Dahmer family was pleased with death.
After two years of voter registration, Dahmer appeared on a radio show and announced that he would help him pay tax on those who could not afford it. The next day, Ku Klux Klan fired Dahmer's farm and killed him.
Confusion, concern, praise
Dennis Dahmer drove the highway when his older brother Vernon Jr. and told him about the woman who laid the flag of the Confederate on her father's grave.
"At first we did not really know what was going on. You see something like that, especially in places like Mississippi with the history it has, you do not know what you think, but it's usually not good."
But then Dennis Dahmer learned that Bivins was an African-American activist and that he wanted to remove the flag later in the day.
Even after she learned that Bivins intended to honor her father, Dennis Dahmer was concerned about her method. He was afraid he did not know what kind of news he had to take, just like he did.
He also discouraged the use of graves for any kind of activism because of the beloved ones who buried them.
"He brings all the bad memories we do not forget, bringing you back," Dahmer said.
Still, Dahmer said he would welcome Bivino's activism.
"We need more people to be voiced to be visible about how they feel about what is happening in America," Dahmer said.
"Now is the time to send this message out loud that" Hey, these things that are happening are not the best of America. ""
Correction: An older version of this story said that Bivins told Dahmer to remove the flag; she said care, not Dahmere. The story was repaired to reflect it.