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On the Death of Rosa Parks


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Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. released the following statement tonight
on the death of Rosa Parks:

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of one of our national treasurers, Rosa
Parks. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

"Rosa Parks became the 'Mother of the Civil Rights Movement' because 50
years ago she sat down, and inspired a modern Civil Rights Movement to stand
up. She took the 1954 Brown decision's principle of 'equal protection under
the law' to public transportation. That major step led us to the 1964 Civil
Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the 1968 Open Housing Act - all
of which helped make America a better nation.

"She was a very small woman who had a big impact."

Contact: Frank Watkins
Monday, October 24, 2005
(202) 225-0773

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A true American...She proved that one person can make a difference. Thank you Rosa Parks.
There will be a special reception for you when the Gates are opened.

The courage of one woman changed an entire nation. Every American owes her a debt of gratitude, for that not so small action of doing what was right.
Thank you Rosa Parks.

She was the epitome of what real Americans believe in, equality for all citizens. God bless her.

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