In 1952, a Black woman refused to go to the back of a bus, leading to a lawsuit that sparked a change in law.Now, she’s being recognized with a special day. Sarah Keys Evans was honored by the city of Roanoke Rapids Saturday. She now has a plaza bearing her name and murals depicting her arrest to honor her acts of courage.
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Before Rosa Parks, there was Sarah Keys Evans, who refused to give up her seat to a white marine while traveling from Fort Dix, NJ to her hometown, Washington, North Carolina.
August 1, 1952, Sarah Keys Evans, during an unexpected driver change in Roanoke Rapids, NC, was asked to give up her seat and move to the rear of the bus. in 1946, it was declared that buses originating in the North that did not make any changes, did not have to adhere to Southern local laws.
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