Responding to Mayor Tim Davlin’s apology last week on behalf of the city regarding the riot, Rivers said it is time to move forward.If you want to know more about the 1908 Springfield race riot you might want to check this out first.
“I … say to the mayor and to the citizens of Springfield, the NAACP standing here assembled, we’ve heard your apology. We know it took you a long time to get to it. We all know the political conspiracy that happened to make you do it. But we put all that behind us. We don’t question your sincerity,” Rivers said.
Rivers and other national, state and local leaders of the civil rights organization filled the Old State Capitol on Friday to commemorate the riot and to mark racial progress since then.
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