May 11th Named "Patricia Stephens Due" Day

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Tallahassee, Florida --

Wednesday was a special day at city hall for the Due family.

Local civil rights activist, Patricia Stephens Due, was issued a proclamation by Mayor John Marks.

As Marks spoke about the way Due selflessly led those to fight for civil rights the Due family was overjoyed and emotional.

This has been a tough past few days, as Patricia Due is in the hospital.

Patricia Due's daughter, "I just really feel so grateful, not only because it's a recognition for mom, but because it's an encouragement for mom. My mother is going through a very difficult time right now now, but she understands the importance of encouraging people to make a difference."

Mayor Marks proclaimed that Wednesday, May 11th, is "Patricia Stephens Due Day."

The proclamation was an emotional time for all of those involved.

Patricia Due is currently battling metastatic thyroid cancer that has spread to other parts of her body.

To read the full proclamation click on the tab above.


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  • by Anonymous on May 12, 2011 at 06:31 AM
    Does this mean the City will have an official holiday on May 11th now? Who gives him the right to make any day official? I wish the lady well, but the City needs to get over the "Civil" rights movement bull and move into the 21st century. Last year the City recognized MLK Day but not 4th of July, umm which is more important? We honor people who had something to do with the rights of "black" people more than we do for veterans.
  • by STEVEN Location: taLLY on May 12, 2011 at 03:28 AM
    I am a tax payer, can I get a proclamation and day in my honor
  • by when do i get my day. the name is MR JAMES Location: usa on May 11, 2011 at 09:01 PM
    MAYOR JOHN MARKS A TRUE FINE UPSTAND MAYOR AND MAN. GLAD HE WAS STILL AROUND TO GIVE HER HER DUES.
  • by it is what it is on May 11, 2011 at 08:50 PM
    So what did she do to earn this??
  • by Mecq Tate Location: Las Vegas on May 11, 2011 at 08:10 PM
    A true beacon of light still shining brightly. Your contributions will always exemplify your dedication to the movement. Many blessings for your speedy recovery.
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