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Civil Rights Memorial Site: Notable Deaths & Obituaries

The most viewed memorials & obituaries in the Civil Rights Memorial Site.

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DETROIT (AP) - Rosa Lee Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man sparked the modern civil rights movement, died Monday. She was 92. Mrs. Parks died at her home of natural causes, said Karen Morgan, a spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. Mrs. Parks was 42 when she committed an act of defiance in 1955 that was to change the course of American history and earn her the title ''mother of the civil rights movement.'' At that time, Jim Crow laws in place...
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ATLANTA (AP) - Coretta Scott King wore her grief with remarkable grace, and it made her one of the most influential figures in the struggle for civil rights. The "first lady of the civil rights movement," who died in her sleep Tuesday at age 78, was a supportive lieutenant to her husband, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and after his assassination in 1968, she carried on his work while raising their four children. Coretta Scott King died at an alternative medicine clinic in Mexico....
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BOSTON (AP) — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, the last surviving brother in a political dynasty and one of the most influential senators in history, died Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod after a year-long struggle with brain cancer. He was 77. In nearly 50 years in the Senate, Kennedy served alongside 10 presidents — his brother John Fitzgerald Kennedy among them — compiling an impressive list of legislative achievements on health care, civil rights, education, immigration...
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Yolanda King Obituary (AP News)

ATLANTA (AP) - Yolanda Denise King, the Rev....

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Maynard Jackson Obituary (AP News)

ATLANTA - Maynard Jackson Jr., who took on...

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Paul Wellstone Obituary (AP News)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic Sen. Paul...

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Johnnie Cochran Obituary (AP News)

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., who...

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Ossie Davis Obituary (AP News)

NEW YORK (AP) - Ossie Davis, an actor...

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Stephanie Jones Obituary (AP News)

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep....

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Eunice Shriver Obituary (AP News)

BOSTON (AP) - President John F. Kennedy's sister,...

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Lena Horne Obituary (AP News)

NEW YORK (AP) — Lena Horne, the enchanting jazz...

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