“Today we mourn the loss of one of New York’s most enduring civil rights pioneers and journalists. Evelyn Cunningham not only fearlessly chronicled the struggle and violence of the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 60’s, she also paved the way for other women to become nationally recognized journalists, just like her. Ms. Cunningham often put herself in harms way to ensure the truth be printed and heard all over America.
“As an advocate for equal rights and justice throughout her life, Ms. Cunningham, under Governor Nelson Rockefeller, worked to ensure that all female New Yorkers could enjoy the rights and privileges afforded to them as Americans. We owe Ms. Cunningham a debt of gratitude for her tireless efforts to enlighten our nation, and work to bring equality and justice to more Americans. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my thoughts and prayers to Ms. Cunningham’s family.”