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without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. carter: madam speaker, i rise today to recognize ms. peterson from liberty county high school on being a finalist for the 2019 prudential spirit of community awards. one of 29,000 students across the country who participated, ms. peterson was only one of eight high school students acknowledged in the state of georgia for exceptional projects of community service. specifically, she volunteered at a local orphanage. playing games, crafting art, reading to and building relationships with children all the way from newborns to 18-year-olds. i'm very proud of ms. peterson's work and glad to have someone like her in the first congressional district of georgia. i'm glad to see this award is encouraging more community service, a crucial aspect in order to make our world a better place to live. thank you, madam speaker. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition?
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>> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute ks madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: without objection -- -- >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> we still have so far to go. there are too many lives that have been taken from too many communities. on february 15, in aurora, illinois, on the edge of my district, that was that community and a man with a gun took five innocent lives. trevor, clayton, disente, russell and josh. they were fathers, brothers, sons, uncles, friends. mr. casten: and they joined a long line of americans who had been going about their daily lives and got killed. here's what's really sickening. most of the members of this body don't even know their names. a week from now you're going to forget their names and replace them with another set of names. not because they don't deserve to be remembered. but because every day in america 100 people get shot. can we remember all their names? i can't. and shame on us for allowing
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that to happen. occasionally one of those shootings captures our attention and we offer some thoughts and prayers. leave that to families, leave that to people of faith. we're lawmakers. our job is to write the laws. fix the laws. we took 100 million guns off the street tomorrow, we would still have more guns than any other country. we need to do more. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to call attention to the greater brandon chamber of commerce, an institution that has helped small businesses and business owners in the tampa bay area succeed for over 60 years. i think specifically of ron pierce, a very good friend of mine, who started his own consulting firm 10 years ago. over the past decade, he's grown his small business to include
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four other consult abilities and now provides advice to some of the largest interests in tampa, including the tampa bay lightning and the port of tampa. on top of managing his own successful business, he's also an upstanding community of our community, he regularly volunteers to bring food and clothing to families in need. mr. spano: he's worked on youth drowning prevention and provided advice to leaders in tampa bay on how to improve our local economy. in recognition of his service, the chamber recently bestowed upon him the community leadership award, the highest honor granted by the organization. the greater brandon chamber of commerce is a model organization in my district and it helps small businesses succeed in their work so that they can then help others. i am proud to be a member of the brandon chamber of commerce and as a member of the small business committee, he look forward to working with them -- i look forward to working with them to create a strong economy for tampa bay. madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i seek
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unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i just voted for h.r. 8 and i stand in support of h.r. 1112. you know, it's been one year since parkland. it's been six years since sandy hook. it's been 19 years since columbine. it's been 25 years since the long island railroad massacre, when congresswoman carolyn mccarthy lost her husband and her son was shot in the head. it's been 37 years since president reagan was shot. think of all the suffering that each of these shootings has caused. think of the missing seats at the dinner tables and other family events. countless families have been torn apart because of gun violence. including one of my constituents, linda beagle shulman. linda's son, scott, was one of the 17 innocent people who lost their lives in parkland that day last year. scott was a geography teacher and a cross country coach, gave his life protecting his students. susesuse -- mr. souzzi: scott died
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heroically. since that day, we've been pushing more and more for commonsense gun reform and h.r. 8 and h.r. 1112 are just that. last week linda said to me, if universal background checks prevents just one shooting, it served its purpose. she inspires me. i'm inspired by my colleagues who are fighting for commonsense gun reform, whether they be democrats or republicans. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise to congratulate the eureka college men's basketball team who last weekend clinched their first ever division iii ncaa tournament bid. on saturday night, the red devils knocked off top-seeded webster 70-69 on the road to secure their conference championship, assuring their spot in the division iii tournament. with just a few weeks remaining in the regular season, the red
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devils needed to win out the remaining four games to enter the conference tournament and they did just that. mr. lahood: the never-give-up spirit embody idea by team is testament to the great work -- embodied by the team is testament to the great work of their coach. our community in central illinois is immensely proud of the historic accomplishments of this year's eureka men's basketball team and we will be cheering them on as they take on the number one seeded nebraska wesleyan this weekend. congratulations and go red devils. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, as we recognize black history month, i rise to celebrate the life and contributions of a remarkable
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detroit community activist. mr. levin: while i was at the mccomb county sell celebration of black excellence last saturday, the michigan activist community received news of the cabel. mama lyla a close friend of rosa parks for 30 years, she was a national leader in the fight against racism and a powerful detroit activist, particularly in the struggle for clean and accessible water. at rosa park's funeral service in 2005, ms. cabel invoked matthew, you shall know them by their fruits. when i read those words today i think of mama lyla's commitment to michigan's black community and to all communities who have surfed the theft of their voting rights and the unjust loss of their homes and their water. during black history month, it's my honor to highlight mama lyla's contribution to detroit and our region and the examples
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she sets for all of us as a passionate servant leader. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise today to recognize the life and legacy of arkansas businessman and tyson foods founder, the late john william tyson. john spent his life building tyson foods into one of the world's leading food companies and was equally committed to serving northwest arkansas. womewome in 1931 -- mr. womack: in 1931 john tyson moved his family to springdale with only a nickel in his pocket. there he laid the foundation for a future fortune 100 company. john transformed the poultry industry. he developed a novel and transit feeding system, hatched chickens and produced commercial feed
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himself. with each new venture, john diversified and grew his business. in 1947, tyson feed and hatchery was incorporated. over time the business expanded to become the successful company that we know today. he exemplified the entrepreneurial spirit of our state. and it is for his contributions to the arkansas economy that he is being posthumously enshrined in the arkansas business hall of fame. i congratulate his family for this terrific honor. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute . the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. as a member of the house representing a district disproportionately affected by gun violence, i know firsthand the toll that it takes on our community. that's why earlier today i voted on h.r. 8. just a year ago last october, a
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27-year-old man was killed in a senseless act right in front of my house in little village in chicago. as of sunday, our city had witnessed 241 shootings in 2019 so far, including two in my neighborhood in the last week. in fact, in chicago, five of six homicides remain unsolved. but chicago has some of the most stringent gun laws in the u.s. mr. garcia: what we need is federal legislation that makes it harder to access guns. it is our responsibility to stand up for safety of our communities that we serve and i'm proud to have voted for the passage of the bipartisan background checks act moments ago. tomorrow we'll vote to close the charleston loophole and urge my senate colleagues to advance these efforts immediately. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the
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gentleman from virginia seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i was disappointed in the passage of h.r. 8 just a few moments ago, which will do nothing to address the rash of mass shootings that have occurred across this country in recent years, but will place impediments in the way of law-abiding citizens from acquiring firearms in defense of their second amendment rights. but i was pleased that the motion to recommit was adopted and that motion was based on an amendment i offered in committee to require the national instant background system to report to i.c.e. when an illegal immigrant tries to obtain a firearm in violation of current law. mr. cline: i was pleased that it obtained 220 votes and i've drafted it as a stand-alone bill. i would offer it for co-sponsorship and i hope my colleagues will join me in co-patronning the bill and
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ensuring those not here legally who try to purchase a gun are reported to i.c.e. and deported before they commit additional crimes. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. newtown, charleston, san bernardino, my hometown of orlando. vegas, parkland. young americans have grown up associating these cities with pain and tragedy. they've only known a congress that's unwilling to address gun violence or be moved even by the senseless murder of innocent children. after car accidents, gun violence is now the second leading cause of death among young people. this is a staggering statistic and my young constituents know it. they live in fear that their classmates, friends, family members or neighbors could be the next target. mrs. murphy: but instead of sitting on the sideline, young americans have marched, mobilized and found purpose. today their collective voices
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reverberated across the halls of congress as the house for the first time in decades answers their call for commonsense gun safety measures. i'm proud to support legislation that will strengthen our background check system and help keep dangerous weapons away from dangerous people. by passing these commonsense measures, we are finally taking concrete steps to defend the lives of these young americans and guarantee them a safer future. as chair of the future forum, i want to thank every young leader who has helped us get to this historic moment. we hear your pleas, we value your activism, and we will keep fighting with you to end gun violence once and for all. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: are there any further requests for time? for what purpose does the gentlewoman from massachusetts seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> after the parkland shootings, high school students in my district hold told me a heartbreaking truth -- told me a
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heartbreaking truth. they didn't believe that congress cared about their lives or their future. sadly, i understood why. complacency defined the republican congress' position on gun violence. ms. clark: they did nothing after movie goers were slaughtered in aurora and after one of our own colleague, congresswoman gabby giffords, was shot doing her job as a u.s. representative. after 46 people were gunned down at the pulse night club in orlando, i sat on this very floor in protest. my colleagues and i sat in solidarity with the very clear but somber message, no more. no more moments of silence, no more inaction while americans had senseless deaths due to gun violence. no more would the entirety of solutions to gun violence be tweets with our thoughts and
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prayers. it has been two years since the sit-in and finally the inaction has come to an end. thanks to the brave survivors, the student, the advocates and the family members, we have been able to pass commonsense gun safety. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. ms. clark: today is a new day and whether he continue this fight. thank you. . the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy f january 3, 2019, mr. green rom texas is designated as the designee of the majority leader. mr. green: i thank the majority leader and all of those persons in leadership to have these opportunities. i'm especially proud to be here tonight because we have two resolutions that will be presented. these two resolutions have been presented before. one is h.res. 154.
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this resolution is one that honors and praises the naacp, the national association for the advancement of colored people. 155. cond is h.res. it is a black history resolution . and it's interesting to note that the naacp was founded during black history month. naacp was founded february 12, 1909. the naacp has a proud history and i'll say more about it in just a moment. i would like to talk about a brief moment about the resolution that would he have for the black history month. because black history month didn't start out as plaque history month. the honorable wilson initiated
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negro history week. and negro history week was a time for us to acknowledge the accomplishments of african-americans at that time called negros. we have many titles, to negros to african-americans. and black history month was something that mr. woodson found to come into being in 1976. this was done by president gerald ford. and it has been designated as black history month and we have celebrated it as such across this nation. carter woodson was a person with great vision. obviously knew that in 1929 when this was initially brought to the attention of the public, that would have been 1926, excuse me, to the attention of
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the public, there was not a good likelihood that you would be able to have a plaque history month. but he knew that if you can start someplace, you might finish in a greater place. so he started in 1926 with black history week and it has gone into a month. but you and i know every day is a day we should celebrate all history and black history is no exception. i'm not a person who believes that we should have black history month forever. i think black history properly incorporated and celebrated within american history and world history would be more than enough. but today we are honored to celebrate black history month and naacp as an organization that was founded during black history month. i would like to say just a few rds the naacp resolution the first time we brought it to the
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floor of the congress of the united states of america. when we brought it to the floor the very first time, the co-sponsor of the resolution was mr. henry hyde and the person who controlled the time mr. sensenbrenner. he was the chairperson of the judiciary committee. and i recall him standing over to my right and making his commentary about the naacp. he spoke with a degree of fervor that i thought was needed at the time. mr. sensenbrenner, while he brought it to the floor and did direct the traffic, i would note that it was not an easy resolution to get past the house of representatives. it did pass with consent of the house. it was agreed to, if you will. but mr. sensenbrenner and mr. hyde had a difficult time getting it through the house. but i'm proud that they did and
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i'm pleased none of the members at that time voiced objections to the resolution being agreed to. so mr. sensenbrenner, i will always remember as a person who was a champion for this resolution and mr. hyde was the co-sponsor of the naacp resolution. e naacp is celebrating its 110th anniversary. this is probably the nation's oldest and best known civil rights organization. founded on february 12, 1909, the date of the sen tinial of president lincoln's birth. interesting to note that black history month was considered because of abraham lincoln's birth as well. the two have this in common in black history month and naacp being recognized today. it was founded by a diverse
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group of persons who were outstanding citizens and i would also add that it was not founded by a group of persons, all of whom were african-american. i'll call off the names for you and give you some indication. duboises.barnett, mary white, oswald garrett, all persons who were founders of the naacp. the naacp for the early part of its history had minority of minorities, meaning african-americans were not the dominant force within its leadership. they had persons who were carrying the torch of freedom. such that african-americans could be part of it. but it's interesting to note
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that early on, the leadership was predominantly anglo persons. the naacp is the oldest, largest and most recognized grassroots civil rights groups in the united states. active membership is in all 50 states, including state conferences and branches and local branches as well as branches in prisons and chapters on college campuses as well as high schools throughout the nation. the naacp has its headquarters in baltimore, maryland. it is here to ensure the political, educational and social and economic rights and eliminate racial hatred and discrimination. it is committed to achieving its goals through nonviolence including litigation and protesttation. it is well known for its
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litigation. he honorable thurgood marshall was the chief litigator for the naacp. under his leadership with the assistance of good many people, the naacp was able to win lawsuits before the supreme court. lawsuits, brown versus the board of education is one of the most notable lawsuits that the naacp championed. the naacp has used political pressure, marches and lobbying to secure the voice for those who are considered voiceless in the united states of america. the naacp has been fighting segregation in public schools under the leadership of thurgood marshall and its victories, which i include brown versus board of education. the naacp in 2005 launched the
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disaster relief fund to help hurricane survivors in louisiana, texas, florida and alabama. so the organization has gone into one that does more than champion the causes of civil rights as they relate to persons being discriminated against. it champions the causes of those who are among the least, last and lost, persons who have been left behind, persons who might not have a voice. and i was honored to be a part of the naacp disaster relief help and i'm honored to be a branch president in houston texas. instrumental in the enactment of the matthew shepard-james bird prevention
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act, which greatly expanded the legal definition of a hate crime. this was an important piece of legislation. i was honored to be here at the time we took up the legislation because hate crimes are still crimes that we have to not only acknowledge that they exist, but the law ought to have consequences for persons who commit these deeds. throughout its existence. the naacp has defended the constitutional right to vote. that's an important piece of commentary, the right to vote. the naacp is still a part of the effort to assure every person the right to vote in this country. naacp has taken on the challenge of dealing with photo i.d.'s that are required and taken on the challenge of making sure that persons are properly
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registered so they can vote and also making sure that those who to stop the persons to register to vote. the naacp has strengthened the voting rights act and protect the principle of one person-one vote. it raised awareness about and challenging voter suppression laws in federal courts across the nation. e naacp board of directors unanimously derek johnson as president and c.e.o. who is doing an outstanding job and i'm proud to be associated. i'm a proud member of the naacp and i have been such for a good deal of my life and i'm honored to have a life membership, golden membership and diamond membership. those of us who have benefited
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from the naacp ought to be members of the organization that has made it possible for us to have many of the opportunities that we have. i always acknowledge my membership in the organization and i encourage others to do so who happen to be members as well. the naacp, a proud organization that we celebrate during this black history month. now, the black history resolution covers more than the naacp. it talks about black migrations and it emphasizes the movement of people of african descent to new destinations and new social realities. this focuses on primarily the migration of african-americans in this country. it focuses specifically on the 20th century through today. and it deals with patterns of
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movement, including the relocation of persons of african ancestry from the southern forms to southern cities, from the south to the northeast, midwest and west, from the caribbean, to the united states. black people have been in motion in the 20th century and up to this date, and this resolution acknowledges this. it also talks about the interactions with law enforcement that often result in me ugly circumstances, imprisonment and convict leasing. convict leasing is something that we should give a little bit more emphasis to. in the state of texas, we recently discovered a grave site containing 95 bodies. these 95 bodies were of persons ho were victims of the states'
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law that allowed convict leasing. many times, persons were charged with minor offenses and while they were incarcerated, they could be leased to private parties for the purpose of having them work as convicts. and many times, too often, i might add, the persons who were leased out were not treated properly. in fact, they were treated poorly. many times, they were not given proper food, proper clothing, proper shelter and as a result, many of them died at an early age. and this grave of 95 persons, they are persons who were thought to have been teenagers at the time of their death. we are not sure they were all african-americans, but a suspicion was, a good many of them were. and after finding the bodies in
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sugarland, texas on the site of a school property, the bodies were exhumed and they were to be relocated to another place. and in so doing, a good many of the citizens, the activist community decided that this was an inappropriate thing to do, e bodies being exhumed and re-intered at another location. that was a serious meeting before the school board and the school board and the county commissioners, the commissioners' court decided that it would be appropriate to further study the possibility of inhumming these bodies in the place where they were exhumed. and my hope is we will follow through on this and give them not only a burial site with a
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proper plaque to memorialize of their being in this place and have some sort of structure or facility that would allow persons to acquire intelligence about what actually happened to these people, how they lived and w they died and why this country has come a long way, but of course, we still have much more to do, but we want to make sure we do not overlook the history of persons who were leased as convicts to private citizens for the purpose of performing work for them. . this migration that i spoke of earlier, known as the great migration, was caused by a lack of economic opportunities -- opportunities because of harsh segregation laws in the south and because of the terror that
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was perpetrated against african-american communities by the k.k.k. the k.k.k. obviously was active in the south and the k.k.k. obviously was in the business of terrorizing african-american persons. and it is interesting to note that while this house has condemned a good many persons for their activities, i have not been able to find a record showing that the k.k.k. has been condemned for its activities by way of a resolution that actually focuses on a person who has been associated with that organization. the k.k.k. has a horrible history in this country and it is my hope that we in the house of representatives will take up a resolution condemning this entity for what it has done. i plan to bring such a resolution to the attention of the house. this resolution on black history indicates that prior to 1910,
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more than 90% of african-americans lived in the south. nd by the 1970's, 47% of all african-americans were living in the north and in the west. this is why it's called the great migration. when you have this much of a population moving for opportunities, moving for reasons associated with concern for their well-being, that's a significant migration. and during world war i, when slowing immigration from europe created a labor shortage in the north, companies began recruiting african-americans to fill the assembly lines to work in steel mills and railroads and factories. it was not unusual to hear persons talk of going up north, going up north so that they
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could have opportunities in the north that they were unable to acquire in the south. african-americans who migrated to the north still faced racial discrimination in the form of red lighting, in the form of racially based housing ordinances, in the form of higher rent based on race. and for the resurgence of the k.k.k. and the rising instances of race riots. african-americans were not always welcomed with open arms when they sought to migrate to these new destinations. african-americans created their own cities and neighborhoods free of discrimination, where their culture expanded. for example, in harlem, new york, city, -- new york city, that housed over 200,000 african-americans, there was a culture that was created there in harlem.
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and we are proud to say that that culture still exists. harlem has been a very important part of african-american history. efforts were made to provide educational opportunities for african-americans, including the founding of what is now north carolina central university. greenwood, oklahoma, is another part of the history that we ought to acknowledge. it was a part of tulsa and became the home of a thriving black business section, also known as black wall street. until the tulsa riot of 1921, in which a white mob literally burned down greenwood. u.s. history has some parts of it that we're not proud of, but we do have to acknowledge. in houston, texas, there's an area known as friedman's town and freed slaves were --
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freedman's town, and freed slaves were given the opportunity to purchase land and building their homes along the bayou known as buffalo beau yy in houston, texas. and -- bayou in houston, texas. and this was after the civil war. the area thrived with churches and stores and theaters and jazz spots, clubs, if you will. this was a thriving area dominated by african-americans. i would also like to mention another personality. judge frank m. johnson, who was set to be one of the most courageous judges ever to occupy a federal bench. he was a part of the effort to integrate the south. there are many people who have praised him, including dr. martin luther king. he is the person who issued the -- to allowuire the the marches to proceed across the edmund pettus bridge as they
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marched from selma to montgomery. he's the person who filed the order, along with the other judges, to integrate the bus line that's called the boycott in month boy respect -- montgomery. he opened the doors to persons all hughs, especially those of african ancestry who were locked out. he will be known as a champion of human rights. in fact, he will also be remembered as a person who did it on the adverse -- under adverse circumstances, because he had to have, for many years, 24-hour security. his mother's home was torched at one time. it was not easy to be on the side of african-americans in the early part of our history. frank m. johnson took such a stand. we would also recognize senator edward brook iii who became the
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first african-american popular -- popularly elected to the united states senate. he was from massachusetts. and he served there for many years. he was the first attorney general of african ancestry in any state in 1962. he co-wrote the civil rights act of 1968, which prohibited discrimination in housing. he was the first republican to call for president nixon's resignation in light of the watergate scandal. the history of african-americans in the north is one that is rich. the history in the south is one that is rich. but they all started, to a greater extent, with a migration that proceeded from the south to many destinations in the north, as well as in the west. so today we have a resolution that encourages the continued
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spread of knowledge regarding black history. and that it not be limited to one month, but that we do this throughout the entire year. i am so honored that my colleagues have signed on to this resolution. we have had more than 60 colleagues sign on to one. and i would hope that as we continue to present this resolution, these resolutions will have more persons who will find favor with them. in closing, simply this. the success that we have had as african-americans, if we look closely at our history, we will find that it was not something at was acquired by our own efforts alone. of course we've done our part to extricate ourselves from some circumstances that were indeed unpleasant. and very harmful and hurtful. but there were other persons who were there to be of assistance
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and help. many of the stations at the underground railroad had persons who were not of african ancestry there for us, as we were that vesting our -- traversing our way to freedom. many of the battles that have been fought in the courtrooms, that were persons who were funding the litigation that were not of african ancestry. the spingone brothers are such persons. the naacp awards its highest medal annually in the name of them. when we have had few people to stand with us, the jewish community has been there. when we have had few people to stand with us, the lgbtq community has been there. when we've had few to stand with us, we've had persons of all stripes, muslims have been there, persons of all faiths have been there. at the march on washington, if
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you take a close look at that march, you'll see persons of many hughs, many stripes, persons from many walks of life. so we are here today, proud to be here in the well of the congress of the united states of america, but we understand that we didn't get here by ourselves and we are proud to celebrate black history, but we're also proud to acknowledge that black history includes the history of a lot of persons who were associated with our efforts to acquire our freedom, our liberties, and the opportunities that we enjoy today. madam speaker, i thank you very much for the time and i proudly yield back the time, such that you may continue with the business of the house. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the alance of his time.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition?
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mr. green: i move that the house do now adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. . those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. accordingly the house stands
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