FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2005
STATEMENT BY MAYOR BLOOMBERG ON THE DEATH OF ROSA PARKS
"Today America mourns the death of Rosa Parks. We remember Rosa Parks for her courage in refusing to give up her seat on bus to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1955, a seminal moment in the civil rights movement that touched off the Montgomery bus boycott and helped to awaken the conscience of America.
"Her quiet stand for dignity, equality, and justice rallied people of good will and inspired new hope among millions of African-Americans and oppressed people everywhere.
"Rosa Parks' legacy lives on here in New York and around the world. It lives on in all those who speak up for social justice; stand against inequality, and who believe in the principles of democracy and freedom.
"For her courage and sacrifice, Rosa Parks will always be remembered as a light that shined brilliantly in the darkness of the Jim Crow south, and for African-Americans everywhere struggling for their self determination and dignity. We honor her life by building on her legacy and working to create equal opportunities for all."
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