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House Proceeding on Jan 21st, 2009 :: 0:27:55 to 0:34:00
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John Jr.Conyers

0:27:39 to 0:27:59( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: questions will be taken later. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan rise. mr. conyers: madam speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass house resolution 73 . the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: hou resolution 73, resolution observing the birthday of martin luther king jr. and encouraging the people of the united states to observe

John Jr.Conyers

0:27:55 to 0:34:00( Edit History Discussion )
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John Jr.Conyers

0:28:00 to 0:28:20( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: the birthday of martin luther king jr. and the life and legacy king jr., and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from michigan, mr. conyers, and the gentleman from texas, mr. smith, will each control 20 minutes. the c gentleman from michigan.

John Jr.Conyers

0:28:21 to 0:28:42( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: . mr. conyers: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the resolution under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. conyers: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized.

John Jr.Conyers

0:28:43 to 0:29:04( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: mr. conyers: members of the house, last thursday, january 15, marked the 80th birthday of dr. martin luther king jr. he was born in on monday, january 19, the dr. king federal holiday was

John Jr.Conyers

0:29:05 to 0:29:27( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: observed, and i commend my colleague, the gentleman from georgia, mr. john lewis, for introducing again this bipartisan house resolution that calls upon all americans on this occasion to advance the legacy of dr. martin luther king jr.

John Jr.Conyers

0:29:28 to 0:29:49( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: i also acknowledge the many colleagues of the judiciary committee on both sides of the aisle that have joined us supporting this resolution. in particular, the ranking member from texas, our friend,

John Jr.Conyers

0:29:50 to 0:30:10( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: mr. smith. for over 40 years now, we've commemorated the life and work of the nation's greatest civil rights leader, dr. martin luther king jr.. and since 1986, we've recognized dr. king with a federal holiday

John Jr.Conyers

0:30:11 to 0:30:31( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: in his honor, a holiday a -- that i and others here have worked so hard to achieve. last year we paid tribute to dr. king upon the 40th anniversary of his assassination, and we once again celebrate dr. king on the event of his birthday.

John Jr.Conyers

0:30:32 to 0:30:52( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: on these anniversaries, the congress has called upon the nation's citizens to practice justice, equality and peace in all aspects of his life. the very principles that dr. king stood for. and so today we make the same requests of not just r

John Jr.Conyers

0:30:53 to 0:31:13( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: colleagues but of our citizens recognize -- recognizing that today is very different. we advance dr. king's legacy by realizing that some of dr. king's dream has been achieved. just yesterday, our nation witnessed the first

John Jr.Conyers

0:31:14 to 0:31:35( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: african-american in history to take the oath of office for president of the united states. our 44th president, president obama, is a testament to dr. king's pursuit and struggle for equality. in his short life, dr. king laid

John Jr.Conyers

0:31:36 to 0:31:59( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: the foundation for a society that would guarantee that all men are created equal. it is on the shoulders of dr. king and rosa parks and andrew young and harriet b

John Jr.Conyers

0:32:00 to 0:32:20( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: all -- bell afonta, all close -- belafonte, all close friends of dr. king, who were in the forefront of the civil rights movement. today. witnesses to history with our first african-american president. president obama spoke movingly

John Jr.Conyers

0:32:21 to 0:32:41( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: yesterday when he asked that we mark his inauguration in remembrance of those who we are -- who we are and how far traveled, why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration

John Jr.Conyers

0:32:42 to 0:33:03( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: across the magnificent mall and why a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take the most sacred oath that was given to him yesterday.

John Jr.Conyers

0:33:04 to 0:33:24( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: in celebrating the great legacy of dr. king's work, recognize that his legacy does not end here. continuing his mission of justice means bringing an end to racial and economic injustices

John Jr.Conyers

0:33:25 to 0:33:49( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: like those we have seen in so many aspects of the current financial and fiscal crisis we are confronted with. advancing his mission of equality means eliminating the disparities that exist in so many aspects of our society.

John Jr.Conyers

0:33:50 to 0:34:00( Edit History Discussion )

John Jr.Conyers: health care, housing, education, employment. and so pursuing his mission of peace means bringing an end to

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