NAACP Mourns The Passing Of Martina Correia, Sister Of Troy Davis & Death Penalty AbolitionistDecember 02, 2011
(Baltimore, MD) – The NAACP released the following statement from NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous on the passing of Martina Correia, sister of Troy Davis and modern-day death penalty abolitionist. Correia passed away Thursday evening after an extended battle with cancer:
“Martina Correia was a true hero and warrior for civil and human rights. For two decades, she fought tirelessly to save her brother Troy from a fate he did not deserve. Martina’s efforts to prevent her brother’s tragic execution served as a catalyst for the rebirth of the anti-death penalty movement in the United States. Like so many of our soldiers for justice who have passed recently, Martina Correia used the time God gave her to do God's work. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Correia/Davis family in this time of mourning. The NAACP will honor Troy and Martina's memory by continuing their struggle and bringing an end the death penalty.”
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.