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: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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