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The following statement was issued by Congressman Major Owens

BROOKLYN, NY -- October 25, 2005 -- "Along with all the constituents of the 11th Congressional District I mourn the death of Rosa Parks on October 24, 2005.  From that band of anonymous great angels who always come forward to rescue America in times of great stress and decline Rosa Parks marched forth.  She sat down in order to stand up for the basic rights of millions of oppressed African Americans.  Outwardly she appeared to be a plain ordinary citizen but inside the small lady was a magnificent giant with great courage and tenacity.  She was a spark plug who set the soul of Martin Luther King on fire.  A blazing powerful movement was born from this union in Montgomery, Alabama.  Rosa Parks became the mother of the Civil Rights Movement which changed America to make our nation more like God and the constitution meant for it to be."


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