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Rosa Parks' Lawyer To Speak About Civil Rights

Rosa Parks’ Lawyer To Speak About Civil Rights Movement

AMERICUS, Ga., Sept. 26, 2003 — Fred Gray, the attorney who represented Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement, will travel to Americus to share his experiences in working to overturn segregation laws. He will address a community meeting for Habitat for Humanity International staff and invited guests on Friday, Sept. 26, 2003 at 11 a.m. (EDT) in the Clarence Jordan Center auditorium (corner of Church St. and Habitat St.).

A native of Alabama, Gray has spent his 45-year career representing civil rights cases involving desegregation and the integration of society. One of his most notable cases was representing Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white passenger sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 - 1956.

Gray is now senior partner at the law firm of Gray, Langford, Sapp, McGowan, Gray & Nathanson in Tuskegee and Montgomery, Ala. In 2002, he became the first African American President of the Alabama State Bar Association. Gray is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the American Bar Association’s Spirit of Excellence Award. He has also been a guest lecturer for several institutions including Harvard University, Harvard Law School, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Pepperdine University, Alabama Bar Institute, International Society of Barristers, World Conference of Mayors and the National Bar Association.

“We are honored to have Fred Gray visit Habitat for Humanity in Americus. We are grateful for the work he has done to make our society a better place to live in,” said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. “We embrace the opportunity to hear about his personal experiences during the civil rights movement and what he has going on in his life today.”

Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 89 nations have built and sold more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.