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                                                      PRINTER'S NO. 1273

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA


SENATE RESOLUTION

No. 193 Session of 2005


        INTRODUCED BY A. WILLIAMS, ARMSTRONG, BOSCOLA, BRIGHTBILL,
           BROWNE, CONTI, CORMAN, COSTA, EARLL, ERICKSON, FERLO,
           FONTANA, FUMO, GORDNER, GREENLEAF, HUGHES, JUBELIRER,
           KASUNIC, KITCHEN, LAVALLE, LEMMOND, LOGAN, MADIGAN, MELLOW,
           MUSTO, O'PAKE, ORIE, PICCOLA, PILEGGI, PIPPY, PUNT, RAFFERTY,
           REGOLA, RHOADES, ROBBINS, SCARNATI, STACK, STOUT,
           TARTAGLIONE, THOMPSON, TOMLINSON, VANCE, WASHINGTON, WAUGH,
           WENGER, D. WHITE, M. WHITE, C. WILLIAMS, WONDERLING AND
           WOZNIAK, OCTOBER 25, 2005

        INTRODUCED AND ADOPTED, OCTOBER 25, 2005

                                  A RESOLUTION

     1  Remembering Rosa Louise McCauley Parks, on the occasion of her
     2     death on October 24, 2005, at 92 years of age, as the mother
     3     of the civil rights movement.

     4     WHEREAS, Born February 4, 1913, a granddaughter of former
     5  slaves, Mrs. Parks grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, and attended
     6  Alabama State College; and
     7     WHEREAS, With her husband Raymond, Mrs. Parks was active in
     8  the Montogomery chapter of the National Association for the
     9  Advancement of Colored People; and
    10     WHEREAS, Mrs. Parks worked as a tailor's assistant at
    11  Montgomery Fair department store and as a seamstress for
    12  Clifford and Virginia Durr; and
    13     WHEREAS, On December 1, 1955, Mrs. Parks refused to give up
    14  her bus seat to a white man on a segregated Montgomery bus; and
    15     WHEREAS, Mrs. Parks' arrest for refusing to vacate her seat

     1  sparked the 381-day Montgomery bus boycott and a court challenge
     2  of the segregationist law; and
     3     WHEREAS, In November 1956 the United States Supreme Court
     4  declared that Alabama's state and local laws requiring
     5  segregation on buses were illegal; and
     6     WHEREAS, Mrs. Parks authored "Rosa Parks, My Story," "I am
     7  Rosa Parks" and, with Gregory Reed, "Quiet Strength: The Faith,
     8  the Hope, and the Heart of a Woman Who Changed A Nation"; and
     9     WHEREAS, Mrs. Parks founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks
    10  Institute for Self-Development in 1987; and
    11     WHEREAS, Mrs. Parks worked in the Michigan office of United
    12  States Representative John Conyers, Jr., until 1988; and
    13     WHEREAS, In 1999 Mrs. Parks was blessed by Pope John Paul II
    14  in St. Louis, Missouri, and received the Congressional Gold
    15  Medal; and
    16     WHEREAS, The Rosa Parks Library and Museum opened in 2000 at
    17  the site of the former Empire Theater; and
    18     WHEREAS, Martin Luther King, Jr., inscribed a copy of his
    19  book "Stride Toward Freedom" to Mrs. Parks, whose creative
    20  witness was the great force that led to the modern stride toward
    21  freedom; therefore be it
    22     RESOLVED, That the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    23  remember Rosa Louise McCauley Parks, on the occasion of her
    24  death on October 24, 2005, at 92 years of age, as the mother of
    25  the civil rights movement; and be it further
    26     RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be transmitted to
    27  the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development,
    28  Detroit, Michigan.


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