State of New Jersey
Executive Order #63

Acting Governor Richard J. Codey

WHEREAS, Rosa Parks became a true American hero and changed the course of history in 1955 when she remained seated on that bus in Montgomery, Alabama; and

WHEREAS, Rosa Parks' courageous actions led to a court ruling desegregating public transportation in Montgomery; and

WHEREAS, Rosa Parks, in her quiet and powerful way, stood up for equality and became known as the "mother of the civil rights movement;" and

WHEREAS, Rosa Parks, through her commitment to nonviolence, inspired a nation and helped all Americans realize the promise of freedom; and

WHEREAS, Rosa Parks was a person of extraordinary decency, courage and integrity, and an exceptional citizen who has been recognized for her resolve against injustice; and

WHEREAS, it is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of Rosa Parks and extend our sincere sympathy to her family and friends; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and appropriate to honor the memory and the passing of Rosa Parks;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICHARD J. CODEY, Acting Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

  1. The flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Tuesday, November 1, 2005, in recognition and mourning of the passing of Rosa Parks.

  2. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 31st day
of October, Two Thousand and Five, and of the
Independence of the United States, the Two
Hundred and Thirtieth.

/s/ Richard J. Codey

Acting Governor



/s/ Paul T. Fader

Chief Counsel to the Governor