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October 27, 2019 Press Release

Rep. John Conyers, one of the longest serving members of Congress and former chairman of the Judiciary Committee, was a champion of civil and human rights.  He was first elected to Congress in 1964, during the height of the  African American struggle for voting rights in this country.

October 17, 2019 Press Release

The American people have lost a great leader at a time of crisis in our democracy.  Chairman Elijah Cummings gave all he had.  He dedicated his entire life to serving the public good.  When this nation needed him most, he became a moral voice “crying in the wilderness,” and his words and actions called a reluctant nation to conscience. 

October 4, 2019 Press Release

We have lost another great artist of the stage and screen.  Diahann Carroll was the epitome of elegance, poise, and grace.  In 1968, a year of great turmoil and loss, when the nation had to bear the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and presidential candidate Sen. Robert Kennedy, Diahann Carroll’s most beloved television show came on the air.

October 1, 2019 Press Release

“America and the world have lost a great artistic talent—a gorgeous, elegant voice that was one of a kind.  Jessye Norman did not grow up in a big city.  She came of age in a musical family who lived in Augusta, a city in east Georgia considered off the beaten track to the world stage.  She was trained as a young artist at Howard University, a historically black college, but she dared to be dif

September 24, 2019 Press Release

Rep. John Lewis made this statement on the House Floor today:

     Mr. Speaker, I rise to ask unanimous consent to address the House for five minutes.

     Today, I come with a heavy heart, deeply concerned about the future of our democracy.  And I am not alone. 

September 20, 2019 Press Release

It is with great sadness that I learned about the passing of Dr. Emily Clyburn, the beloved and devoted wife of the Majority Whip, Rep.

September 17, 2019 Press Release

                I was so sad to hear today that a legend of the Washington press corps, Cokie Roberts, has passed away.

September 12, 2019 Press Release

I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs.

September 12, 2019 Press Release

I was saddened to hear about the passing of Mrs. Juanita Abernathy today, the wife of the late Reverend David Abernathy, the right hand to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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