Product of civil rights era asks all to attend Juneteenth

Posted Online: May 26, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Thank you and congratulations on your article "Sister of Selma" on May 13.

I truly enjoyed it because I also am a product of the civil rights era. Very few people actually remember those trying times in the 60s, so I was elated to see someone speak on the topic of civil rights.

Most Americans agree slavery was wrong, but most do not know the struggle is not over! Sister Barbara Moor's speech was vital to the upcoming JUNETEENTH celebration. Because there are many who still are standing and fighting for civil and equal rights.

I'd like to invite anyone to our celebration this June 14-15 at LeClaire Park. This celebration is just as important as July 4th and Cinco de Mayo.

Larry Bell,


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1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.

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