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Travelers, to Mrs. Rosa Parks' Obituary

Hastings Commemorates 100th Birthday of Rosa Parks

Washington, D.C. -  On February 4, 2013, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement in recognition of the 100th birthday of civil rights activist Rosa Parks:

“Just two weeks after witnessing the second swearing-in of our nation’s first black President, it is appropriate that we commemorate the birth of a civil rights leader that helped to make such a moment possible.  Ms. Parks’ brave act – refusing to give up her seat to a white person on a segregated Montgomery bus on December 1, 1955 – marked the beginning of the modern Civil Rights Movement.

“Ms. Parks’ efforts to overcome prejudice came at great personal cost, and her struggle stands as a reminder of how far our nation has come.  It is fitting that her sacrifice will make her the first African American woman depicted in a statue on Capitol Hill this year.

“Reflecting upon the march towards equal civil rights should remind us that our effort to create a more perfect Union is far from over, but I remain hopeful that the next generation of leaders will continue to build upon the work of Ms. Parks and other civil rights pioneers.”

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.




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