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December 10, 2015 Press Release

"I was shocked and amazed by Justice Antonin Scalia's comments in the Fisher v. University of Texas case yesterday.  His suggestion that African Americans would fare better at schools that are "less advanced" or on a "slow-track" reminds me of the kind of prejudice that led to separate and unequal school systems--a policy the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional decades ago.

December 7, 2015 Press Release

                It is indeed a blessing during this holiday season to learn that President Jimmy Carter is free of brain cancer.  The wonders of modern medicine, the miraculous power of prayer and the hand of God Almighty has blessed President Carter, his family, and our nation to bring him through this tremendous trial.  I wish him and his family all the best as they celebrate this good news d

December 6, 2015 Press Release

I was glad that President Obama addressed the nation tonight to describe his strategy to keep Americans safe.  He was clear and resolved in his determination to defeat this threat to American security.   The strategy he presented demonstrated intelligence and precision in its capability to answer this challenge to our nation’s safety.

December 1, 2015 Press Release

                Rep. John Lewis made this statement to honor the 60th Anniversary of Rosa Parks' historic protest against segregation on buses in Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1955.  Mrs.

September 25, 2015 Press Release

"The Holy Father, Pope Francis of the Holy See, delivered a powerful message to Congress and the American people today.  In his humble, gentle way he used his authority to encourage us all to simply do what is right to protect the dignity of all humankind.  

August 26, 2015 Press Release

I was sad to learn that Mrs. Amelia Boynton succumbed to her illness early this morning in Montgomery, Alabama.  This nation has lost a crusader, a warrior, and a fighter for justice.  She was one of the most dependable, reliable leaders to stand up for the right to vote in Selma, Alabama and in the American South.   

August 26, 2015 Press Release

I am shocked to hear that a dedicated reporter and cameraman, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, could be shot in broad daylight while they were simply trying to report a human interest story in Moneta, Virginia.  My thoughts are with their colleagues and their loved ones on this day.

August 19, 2015 Press Release

"I am very sorry to learn that the first African American member of Congress ever elected from Ohio, Rep. Louis Stokes, has died.  He was a gifted public servant who brought dignity to the office, not only on behalf of the people of Cleveland and Ohio, but he contributed to the public good of the entire nation.

August 17, 2015 Press Release

Julian Bond was one of a kind. We worked together in the Civil Rights Movement and he became one of my closest and dearest friends. He was so smart, so gifted, and so talented. He was deeply committed to making our country a better country. He never, ever became bitter or hostile. We were friends, but we were more like brothers in the struggle.