Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Irene Morgan

I was listening to As It Happens on CBC radio tonight. They played a clip from a few years ago about Irene Morgan.

Irene Morgan (1917August 10, 2007), later known as Irene Morgan Kirkaldy, was an important predecessor to Rosa Parks in the successful fight to overturn segregationist laws in the United States.

Like the more famous Parks, but 11 years earlier, in 1944, the 27-year-old Baltimore-born Morgan was arrested and jailed for refusing to give up her seat on an interstate Greyhound bus to a white person.

Morgan's story has been mostly overlooked by history books, but she has been collecting honors in the past few years since 1995, when she appeared in a public television documentary about her case and the Journey of Reconciliation.

She died on Friday, August 10, 2007 in Gloucester, Virginia at her daughter's home. She was 90 years old.

Here are the wikipedia articles [there are some additional links on wikipedia]:
Irene Morgan
Irene Morgan Kirkaldy

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