About 100 years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus, Elizabeth Jennings took a stand against
segregation in New York City.
February is Black History Month and the life of Elizabeth Jennings is worth remembering.
Elizabeth lived in New York City in the 19th century, and in 1854 she was
physically thrown off a streetcar because she was black. The incident gained a lot
of attention and even went to court.
Streetcar to Justice: How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York by Amy
Hill Hearth brings to life a lesser known but important woman whose courage brought
about much needed change in a time when inequality was the rule of law.