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Constance “Connie” Parker Civil Rights Advocate for over Thirty Years Passes Away


Penn Hills resident Constance “Connie” Parker who became the second woman to lead the NAACP's Pittsburgh branch in 2012, has passed away at the age of 74.

Tim Stevens, the Chairman of the Black Political Empowerment Project confirmed to PUM that Ms. Parker died Thursday. "She and I go back a few decades when I was president of the NAACP here in Pittsburgh,” Stevens said. “In the early days of B-PEP she worked with me, she also worked with the Black Women’s Political Crusade, and her spirit remained strong and she was committed to civil rights through the years. Even when she was ill, she remained committed to the cause of civil rights and her spirit never seemed to falter.”

Mayor William Peduto issued the following statement today on the passing of Ms. Parker:  "I had the pleasure of knowing Ms. Parker for nearly 30 years. She was a civil rights leader who was never afraid to speak her mind and lend her voice to those that did not have one. You never had to guess what Connie was thinking – she fought for justice and she was never afraid to tell you the truth. Constance Parker was instrumental in the civil rights movement in Pittsburgh for decades and will be dearly missed." 

Ms. Parker, had worked for PennDOT for 18 years, this afternoon the Port Authority Board Chairperson released a statement on the passing of Ms. Parker:

"It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Constance Parker, a Port Authority Board member since April 2012.

Ms. Parker was a passionate and driven advocate for the Pittsburgh community. During her tenure, Ms. Parker fought tirelessly for greater transit accessibility in and increased service throughout Allegheny County.

Port Authority's Board and staff extends their condolences to Ms. Parker's family, friends, and colleagues. Jeffrey W. Letwin/Board Chairperson"

A viewing for Ms. Parker will be held on Tuesday, from 4:00pm until 8:00pm at the Spriggs-Watson Funeral Home in Homewood.  A funeral will be held at Petra International Ministries which is located in the old east hills shopping center in Penn Hills on Wednesday, at 11:00am.

 The Pittsburgh branch of the NAACP was founded in 1915 and is located in the Hill District. Ms. Parker, held various positions with the NAACP Pittsburgh branch, including the position as the first vice president and she continued to serve in her role as president up until a few months ago when her health took a downturn. Ms. Parker spoke forcefully against Pennsylvania's voter identification bill, calling it a "major civil rights issue.” While working with the NAACP she also focused on other important issues that included helping to eradicate violence in communities and providing adequate access to education, healthcare and jobs.

Ms. Parker was featured in a UPMC commercial sharing her story about surviving a stroke click here to view her story. 




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