Irene Kirkaldy

 

 

Age: 90

 

Summary: civil rights pioneer whose refusal to give up her bus seat to white passengers triggered a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision more than 10 years before Rosa Parks gained recognition for doing the same who was arrested in 1944 for refusing to give up her seat on a Greyhound bus heading from Gloucester, Virginia to Baltimore, Maryland and for resisting arrest but her case appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court by an NAACP lawyer named Thurgood Marshall, who later became the first black justice on the high court, in which the case resulted in a 1946 decision striking down Jim Crow segregation in interstate transportation.

 

 

Cause of Death: Natural causes

 

Born: April 9, 1917

 

Died: August 10, 2007

 

Location: Gloucester, Virginia