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The Task Force mourns the loss of Rosa Parks, a leader whose legacy will live on for generations

Date: 
October 25, 2005

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force mourns the death of Rosa Parks, a hero of the civil rights movement, who died last night at the age of 92.

Statement from Matt Foreman, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

"When Rosa Parks refused to give her seat up to a white man on December 1, 1955, she demonstrated extraordinary courage in the face of daily mistreatment and systemic injustice experienced by African-American men, women and children, not just in Alabama but all across the country.

"Parks, who was 42 at the time, met this shameful situation with determination, vision and vigor. Her quiet activism inspired the tens of thousands who recognized her individual act as a broader symbol against racism, segregation and the contemptible Jim Crow laws that long tarnished our nation. A 26-year-old minister named Martin Luther King, Jr. was among the courageous many who rose with Parks to stand against racial injustice, spawning the Montgomery bus boycott and the subsequent ruling that found segregation on transportation to be unconstitutional.

"This collective courage profoundly changed America. Rosa Parks' legacy will live on for generations, providing inspiration for all those striving to extinguish the inequalities that continue to plague us, from racial and economic injustices to discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people."

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.