Press Release ● Human and Civil Rights
For Immediate Release: 
October 25, 2005
Contact Info: 
Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this morning regarding Rosa Parks, who passed away on Monday evening:

 “Rosa Parks was a civil rights icon and a national treasure.  Her simple, dignified act nearly half a century ago – defiance of a racist law that denied her humanity – helped galvanize the civil rights movement and delivered a moral body blow to segregationist laws that stain our nation’s history.

 “Ms. Parks’ life is a testament to the truth that one person with courage and an unshakable will can change a nation and begin to right wrongs.  Her legacy will endure not only through her personal acts of courage and strength, but also through the thousands of activists who were inspired by her.

 “Ms. Parks risked everything, including her life, for a cause that she knew in her heart was right.  We are a better nation today as the result of her courage and vision.  And, we should honor her memory by continuing the fight for equality, decency and basic human rights.”