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Local, state leaders release statements on death of Birmingham City Council President Maxine Parker

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Birmingham City Council President Maxine Parker died Tuesday at the age of 69. ( Birmingham City Council President Maxine Parker died Tuesday at the age of 69. (

Birmingham City Council President Maxine Parker died Tuesday afternoon at Princeton Baptist Medical Center, and upon learning the news, local and state leaders who knew the 69-year-old District 4 representative released statements regarding her death.

Mayor William Bell:

"Councilor Maxine Herring Parker will be remembered as a strong advocate for her district. She worked tirelessly and faithfully for the people of District 4. I was with her family at the time of her passing and I want them to know that the City of Birmingham is with them as they grieve the loss of such an outstanding mother, Councilor and friend. This is a sad day for our City."

Council Pre-Tem Jay Roberson:

"We come together collectively to support her family during this time of bereavement and we ask that you lift the family up in prayer at this time. The Council will govern ourselves accordingly as we move forward."

Birmingham City Councilor Sheila Tyson:

"We are filled with sadness and grief over the loss of Councilor Maxine Parker.  I've known Mrs. Parker for over 20 years, and she always personified class, grace and a quiet strength.  She didn't have to speak loudly, because her actions did the talking for her.  Many people know that Councilor Parker was a passionate advocate for environmental justice in her community.  She went to the mat to protect the citizens in her district, and we pledge to continue brining a voice to the issues that were important to her.

"As Council President, Mrs. Parker emphasized that as our sole responsibility as city councilors is to represent the needs of our constituents, and that we have a duty to cooperate with one another for the good of Birmingham.  When she spoke, we listened.  Councilor Parker just brought a genuine and sincere leadership to the Council.  We all lost a mentor and a friend today.  I just ask the members of the Birmingham community to join us in lifting up Councilor Parker's family through prayer during this difficult time."

Councilor Steven Hoyt:

"Councilor Parker loved God and she led a Christian life. We must keep our trust in God."

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL):

"I am deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Birmingham's beloved Councilwoman Maxine Parker, who recently became Council President.  She will forever be remembered for her public service, strength, kindness and relentless pursuit for environmental justice in North Birmingham.  My thoughts and prayers are with her family, colleagues and constituents during this difficult time."

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