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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members  of  the  Senate  of  the  State  of
 3    Illinois  were saddened to learn of the death of Marvin Smith
 4    Sr. of Waukegan on December 1, 2002 at 72 years of age; and

 5        WHEREAS, Mr. Smith was born in Waukegan on May 25,  1930;
 6    he  was  a graduate of Waukegan Township High School and also
 7    attended  Chicago  Technical   College   where   he   studied
 8    architectural drafting; and

 9        WHEREAS,  In  1959,  he  was part of a group that filed a
10    lawsuit to desegregate the Waukegan Grade School District and
11    six years later, the group  won  in  court  and  the  schools
12    became  integrated; for his contribution, the Whittier School
13    Mothers Club cited Smith for work on behalf of the community;
14    and

15        WHEREAS, He retired from the U.S. Steel wire  mill  after
16    nearly  30  years of service; in 1962, he joined the Illinois
17    Secretary of State's office; he  retired  in  2000  from  the
18    Waukegan facility where he conducted road tests; and

19        WHEREAS, In the late 1960s, he was a member of the city's
20    Human  Relations  Commission;  was  a  vice  president of the
21    NAACP; the United Steelworkers  Union;  a  member  of  Shiloh
22    Baptist  Church  in  Waukegan, where he volunteered his time;
23    and a long-time member of the Waukegan local of the  American
24    Federation of Musicians; and

25        WHEREAS,  As  a  jazz drummer, he played in a band called
26    the Jazz Brothers, which regularly played  in  Milwaukee  and
27    Chicago; his son, Marvin "Smitty" Smith is the drummer of the
28    Tonight Show Band; and

29        WHEREAS,  His passing will be deeply felt by all who knew
30    and loved him, especially his wife, Edith;  his  three  sons,
31    Michael,  Marvin,  and  Mitchell;  his two daughters, Lucille
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 1    Harper and Helen Smith-Gatlin; his two step-daughters, Gloria
 2    Taylor and Dorothy Harris; and his eleven grandchildren; and

 3        WHEREAS, He was preceded in death by  his  parents,  Otis
 4    and Lucille Smith; therefore, be it

 6    ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we note  with  sorrow
 7    and  regret  the  death  of  Marvin  Smith Sr. and extend our
 8    sincere condolences to his family  and  friends;  and  be  it
 9    further

10        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
11    delivered to the family of Marvin Smith Sr.

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