The “Other” Rosa Parks

On March 2, 1955, a full nine months before Rosa Parks’ famous arrest, a 15-year old girl was dragged from a Montgomery bus by two police officers, arrested and taken to an adult jail to be booked. She was the first person to be arrested for defying bus segregation in Montgomery.

Her arrest and her story has long since been forgotten, but it provided the spark for the Black community in Montgomery that ultimately led to Rosa Parks’ actions, the bus boycott, and the Supreme Court ruling to end segregation on buses.

Q: Who was this young heroine?