Irene Morgan Kirkaldy – On the Beaten path
She just recently passed away, and is probably one of the more overlooked heroes on my list. However, in 1944, almost 20 years before Rosa Parks, she refused to move to give up her seat on a bus to a white person, forcing a change in the bus segregation laws of that time. Her co-counsel was the indomitable Thurgood Marshall and they won by arguing that segregation was a violation of the US Federal Commerce Clause. They were successful, but Southern states refused to respect the ruling.
Though the changes she helped bring about were temporary, her impact cannot be overlooked, especially as a role model for future desegregation efforts. Her memory lives on in the myriad quiet revolutions that are always taking place.
She was another in the long list of quiet heroes of that era as seen below:
When something’s wrong, it’s wrong. It needs to be corrected.