Pfc. Sarah Louise Keys
Photo Credit: U.S. Army Photo
Pfc. Sarah Louise Keys, who underwent basic training at Fort Lee, was the subject of a legal battle after refusing to give up her seat to a white on an interstate bus in 1952, three years before Rosa Parks did the same. Her case was eventually heard by the Interstate Commerce Commission which ruled that segregation on interstate buses were illegal. Today, the 85-year-old Keys Evans (her married name) lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and is active in her church. In retrospect, she said she fought with the resolve that "America had the willingness to change itself."
Page last updated Thu February 20th, 2014 at 00:00