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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2005

Statement from Governor Rod R. Blagojevich on the passing of legendary Civil Rights Leader Rosa Parks

SPRINGFIELD—“On behalf of the people of Illinois, I express my deepest condolences on the death of Rosa Parks.  As we join the nation in mourning the loss of this national treasure, I asked for a moment of silence during the opening session of the Illinois General Assembly as a tribute to Mrs. Parks' legacy in the civil rights movement.”
 
“Mrs. Parks was among the last of the civil rights icons from an era when our nation was marred by backward traditions and unjust laws that treated some of our citizens less than equal.”
 
“Because she was an unknown seamstress when she dared to remain seated on that fateful day, Mrs. Parks is the finest example that one person from humble origins can indeed make a powerful difference in the lives of many.”
 
“I encourage everyone in Illinois to honor her memory by not only learning more about the history of the Civil Rights Movement and her story that began in Montgomery, Alabama, but to also do all they can to help us further eradicate racism and discrimination wherever it exists.” 
 
 


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