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House Proceeding 02-23-09 on Feb 24th, 2009 :: 1:58:35 to 2:06:35
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Donna M. Christensen

1:58:33 to 1:58:55( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: light on four individuals who happened to brighten the corner where they are. with that, madam, i yield back the balance of my time ms. fudge: thank you so much. mr. speaker, i would like to yield to the gentlelady from the virgin islands, ms. christiansen.

Donna M. Christensen

1:58:35 to 2:06:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Donna M. Christensen

Donna M. Christensen

1:58:56 to 1:59:19( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: ms. christiansen: thank you, congresswoman fudge and thank you for hosting this hour this evening. as we approach the end of black -- mrs. christensen: thank you congresswoman fudge for hosting this hour this evening. it's a special honor to come to this floor in tribute to the

Donna M. Christensen

1:59:20 to 1:59:41( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: many heroes and heroines of african descent in our past. in this black history month of 2009, we want to call attention to the ordinary people who have throughout our history stepped forward to do extraordinary things, the greatest number of whom remain nameless but oto whom we owe a bottomless well

Donna M. Christensen

1:59:42 to 2:00:02( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: of gratitude for the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today. as wprepare to go on the biannual pilgrimage, they come to mind. the reverend dr. mar tib lewiser king, the reverend

Donna M. Christensen

2:00:03 to 2:00:23( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: jesse jackson, and others. there were also those who anonymously joined the bus boycott, the countless number who joined in support of the movement, those who went to jails and prisons, courageous children who braved

Donna M. Christensen

2:00:24 to 2:00:44( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: dogs and fire hoses because they were inspid by the righteousness of the cause. and the countless other, some whose faces we see in pictures and who are not named and those who remain nameless and invisible. we will never know them, but their courage, resilience and sacrifice changed the course of

Donna M. Christensen

2:00:45 to 2:01:07( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: history d this country and their legacy is forever. there are others in my district i want to acknowledge as well. on february 12, in celebration of the birth of abraham lincoln and his legacy, the congressional black caucus were

Donna M. Christensen

2:01:08 to 2:01:28( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: the guests of -- guests of the national archives for a ewing of the original emancipation proclamation. it was truly a moving moment. less known is the story of our emansmation in the virgin islands.

Donna M. Christensen

2:01:29 to 2:01:50( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: the first -- i'll recount just the first step and the point we reached at the mid point. one of the el yes, sir -- earliest rebellion took place in st. john. the names of the leaders are known to us but enknown to m colleagues and fellow americans. they led thousands of their fellow africans to wrest

Donna M. Christensen

2:01:51 to 2:02:11( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: freedom from the plantation owners of that time. they were able to hold on to the island for six months and when sur rounded in defeat, they jumped from a cliff to their deaths. we know only a name of the new few who led, but we honor those who served, a all of them

Donna M. Christensen

2:02:12 to 2:02:32( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: helped start the spark of liberty burning in our hemisphere. then on july 3, 1848, thousands of africans, still enslaved in st. croix, were led to demand their freedom and because of their numbers and their sheer

Donna M. Christensen

2:02:33 to 2:02:54( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: determination, governor von shelton of denmark was compelled to declare, and i quote, that all unfree in the danish wesindies are today free. we thank all tho brought from africa in chains who broke

Donna M. Christensen

2:02:55 to 2:03:15( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: those chains and delivered emancipation to the then danish west ind islands. almost 15 years or more really before our sisters and brothers in the united states joined us. i want to point out that men were not the only freedom fighters in the virgin islands. those who fought in 1733 and

Donna M. Christensen

2:03:16 to 2:03:36( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: those who planned and on the fort include maryland women. in fact 30rk years after emancipation, it was five women, led by queen mary who led a famous and successful labor revolt in st. croix and queen kazaya, who with several hundred female co-workers

Donna M. Christensen

2:03:37 to 2:03:58( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: staged another successful strike in st. thomas in 1892. and there are many other unsung virgin islands heroes, except the many who accomplished much here on the mainland, many are unknowto most americans. i want to focus on two men who

Donna M. Christensen

2:03:59 to 2:04:20( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: i knew growing up. it is not well known despite the many times times the tuskegee airmen honored that two came from the virgin islands. herbert hayward joined my father at columbia university,

Donna M. Christensen

2:04:21 to 2:04:43( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: where my fatr was attending law school, which was also mr. hayward's intended course of study. at the age of 19, he interrupted his studies and enlisted in the army air corps atuskegee army airfield in alabama. he trained and when he got his

Donna M. Christensen

2:04:44 to 2:05:05( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: military p-39 and p-40 aircraft. henry rosen, after whom the st. croix airport is named, also enrolled in the army air corps training program in 1943. he had been living in new york at the time he flew the famed p-51 aircraft, in addition to the p-39 and p-40.

Donna M. Christensen

2:05:06 to 2:05:26( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: 56 honorable discharges, both eventually returned home and contributed to our community in significant ways. both were elected to several terms in our early legislatures and worked and volunteers in other capacities. in recognizing them, i also recognize once again and honor all the tuskegee airmen who

Donna M. Christensen

2:05:27 to 2:05:47( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: fought prejudice and injustice at the the enemy in defense of our country. it was not an easy time to be a member of our armed forces or a black in america. but think persevered and their courage and contributions set the united states on the path

Donna M. Christensen

2:05:48 to 2:06:08( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: to that more perfect union we continueo strive to become. both herbert h. hayward, airman herbert h. hayward and airman henry rosen have gone on to the eternal sky. we thank them we thank their families were sharing these

Donna M. Christensen

2:06:09 to 2:06:29( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: heroes with us and with our country. with that, i yield back the ms. fudg what we now call blk history month was originated in 1926 by carter woodson as negro history week.

Donna M. Christensen

2:06:30 to 2:06:35( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: it was selected in deference to frederick douglass and rain hamlin con, who were both born

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