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Full Text of SR0075  97th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of Irving M. King of Chicago, who passed
4away on February 6, 2011; and
5    WHEREAS, Irving King was born in Ashland, Virginia; his
6parents were Native Americans from the Pamunkey Nation; and
7    WHEREAS, Irving King met his loving wife, Lillian, at
8Hampton University in Virginia, a historically black college;
9he was inspired to go to law school by his admiration for the
10NAACP's chief counsel, Thurgood Marshall, who became the first
11African-American on the U.S. Supreme Court; he was subsequently
12accepted at Yale University and was among the few
13African-Americans listed in Yale Law School's graduating class
14of 1958; and
15    WHEREAS, After facing numerous barriers on account of his
16race, Irving King was offered a position with the Chicago law
17firm of Eugene Cotton, which represented aviation workers,
18machinists, printers and meat-packers; eventually, Mr. King's
19name was added to the shingle of Cotton, Watt, Jones, & King;
21    WHEREAS, Irving King was well known for his role in



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1numerous civil rights court cases during the 1960s and 1970s
2and his tenacious advocacy of the working man; during his
3career, he worked with legendary civil rights leader Fannie Lou
4Hamer to challenge questionable polling practices in
5Mississippi; he helped to win a pioneering case against United
6Airlines when it fired Mary Burke Sprogis for getting married
7in 1966, helping her to win reinstatement and back pay; his
8work on an Iowa packinghouse case contributed to a National
9Labor Relations Board requirement that unionized firms must
10bargain with workers first if a company is considering a move;
11he also worked with "Chicago Seven" attorney William M.
12Kuntsler and others to represent Fannie Lou Hamer when she
13challenged the historic 1967 election in Sunflower,
14Mississippi, when she alleged voting-rights violations ranging
15from blacks being kept out of the polling place to insufficient
16voting assistance for some illiterate African-Americans; and
17    WHEREAS, Irving King enjoyed fishing in Wisconsin on land
18that still belongs to his relatives in Virginia; he also
19enjoyed music, especially the works of Beethoven and Mahler;
21    WHEREAS, Irving King is survived by his loving wife,
22Lillian; his children, Alan, Karen, and Michael; his sisters,
23Alma Winston and Verna Gray; his three granddaughters; and his
24great-granddaughter; therefore, be it



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2ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along with
3his family and friends, the passing of Irving M. King; and be
4it further
5    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
6presented to the family of Irving King as an expression of our