C.B. Hauser, N.C. Lawmaker And Educator, Dies At 90

Former state legislator and college professor Charlie Brady "C.B." Hauser, who struck his own blow for desegregation, has died at the age of 90.

Hauser spent 21 years as a professor of education at Winston-Salem State University, retiring in 1977, then served two terms in the North Carolina Legislature in the early 1980s.

In an essay written in January 2006, Hauser described his arrest in the fall of 1947 for refusing to move to the back of a Greyhound bus while traveling from Winston-Salem to his job teaching education at West Virginia State College.

In the essay Hauser referred to himself as the second of three strikes against segregation on buses.

The first was Irene Morgan Kirkaldy, a black woman whose refusal to give up her bus seat to white passengers in 1944 led to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision more than a decade before Rosa Parks gained recognition -- and Hauser's recognition as the "third strike" -- for doing the same.