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House Proceeding 02-24-09 on Feb 24th, 2009 :: 0:58:25 to 1:03:45
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Al Green

0:58:22 to 0:58:42( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: thank you, mr. speaker. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. lynch: mr. speaker, at this time i would like to recognize the chief sponsor of this resolution, my friend from texas, mr. green. the speaker pro tempore: for? mr. lynch: four minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for four minutes. mr. green: thank you, mr.

Al Green

0:58:25 to 1:03:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Al Green

Al Green

0:58:43 to 0:59:05( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: speaker. i thank chairman towns, ranking member issa lynch, the manager of the resolution on the floor from ohio, congressman jordan, and i also thank the many co-sponsors of this resolution.

Al Green

0:59:06 to 0:59:26( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: mr. speaker, how appropriate it is in a this -- that this resolution would come to the floor of the house representatives on the day that the newly elected president of the united states of america would address a joint session of

Al Green

0:59:27 to 0:59:47( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: congress. how appropriate it is because the newly elected president of the united states of america is a significant man how important black histo is

Al Green

0:59:48 to 1:00:11( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: in the united states of america. it is on today that he address this joint session of congress and he is a person of african ancestry. while it is true that we should remember the horrors of history, it is equally as true that we

Al Green

1:00:12 to 1:00:33( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: should celebrate of history. . and i believe this resolution is a means by which we can engage in celebration, the celebration of good deeds accomplished and things done,

Al Green

1:00:34 to 1:00:55( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: great things done that can engender the inspiration to do that which must be done. so let us today celebrate the fact that african-americans were able to overcome involuntary servitude with the

Al Green

1:00:56 to 1:01:16( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: help of americans of good will of all hues, of all colors. and because they were helped and they were able to overcome involume tear servitude, we should allow this to engender the inspiration necessary to go forward and deal with some of the problems that

Al Green

1:01:17 to 1:01:37( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: african-americans are confronting today. the problems of housing that finds african-americans without homes many times and being evicted from homes on too many occasions. let's celebrate the many

Al Green

1:01:38 to 1:02:02( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: successes in the area of education, from phyllis wheatly, to many other great educators, dr. benjamin mays, for example, and as we celebrate their successes, let us engender within us the inspiration to deal with the dropout rates around this country that can be in excess

Al Green

1:02:03 to 1:02:24( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: of 50% in some corners of the african-american community. let's celebrate the in the civil rights movement that enabled us to overcome the indig nation and humiliation of -- indignation and humiliation of segregation. let us engender within us the

Al Green

1:02:25 to 1:02:46( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: inspiration to help the many that are still suffering around the world who have not had their human rights and human dignity respected by their governments. let us celebrate the many political accomplishments that we have right here in the house of congress. we have member charlie rangel,

Al Green

1:02:47 to 1:03:07( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: who happens to chair ways and means. member benny thompson, african-american, who happens to chair homeland security. member maxine waters, african-american, who happens to chair the housing subcommittee of financial services. may i have an additional minute, please? mr. lynch: recognize the gentleman for one mo minute. the speaker pro tempore: the

Al Green

1:03:08 to 1:03:28( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. green: thank you. and as we celebrate the accomplishments of great and noble americans here in the house of representatives, let it provide the inspiration for us to understand that we are here, not because of our color, not because we are of african ancestry.

Al Green

1:03:29 to 1:03:45( Edit History Discussion )

Al Green: we are here because the people of america expect us to do the great work that has to be done. so this is a time for celebration that engenders inspiration, and i am honored to be inspired to move forward and support this resolution.

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