CHAPTER 666

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 39

IN MEMORY OF THE HIGHLY RESPECTED AND ACCLAIMED CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER, ROY L. WAGSTAFF, 1921 - 1974.

WHEREAS, the members of the 127th General assembly, and thousands of other Delawareans were saddened upon learning that the respected civil rights leader, Roy L. Wagstaff, died on April 19, 1974, in Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore; and

WHEREAS, Roy Wagstaff, a native of Baltimore who came to Wilmington in 1947, assumed an important role in his community for over a quarter of a century during which time he had terms as President of the Wilmington Branch of the NAACP, President of the Wilmington Board of Education, Chairman of Community Action of Greater Wilmington, and Chairman of the National Conference of Christians and Jews; and

WHEREAS, Roy Wagstaff, a peaceful man, nevertheless displayed qualities of firmness in decision-making and forcefulness in actions of purpose while leading a crusade for better living conditions, improved education, and total civil rights for the minorities he represented; and

WHEREAS, Roy Wagstaff will be remembered fondly by the people who knew him and worked with him in endeavors where the man's patience, perseverance, and dogged determination came to the fore.

NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring therein, that sincere condolences be extended to Mrs. Inell Wagstaff, the wife of Roy, and to Mrs. Roberta Wagstaff, his beloved mother, at this time of sorrow in their lives.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be forwarded to Roy L. Wagstaff's wife and mother and to Mr. Littleton P. Mitchell, State Chairman of NAACP.

Approved May 1, 1974