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House Proceeding 07-22-09 on Jul 22nd, 2009 :: 1:05:15 to 1:11:35
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Edolphus Towns

1:05:13 to 1:05:33( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: five minutes, mr. salazar from california, for five minutes, mr. sablan, a member for five minutes, mr. grayson from florida r five minutes, mr. courtney f five minutes, ms. kaptur from ohio for five minutes, mr. defazio from oregon for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.

Edolphus Towns

1:05:15 to 1:11:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Edolphus Towns

Edolphus Towns

1:05:34 to 1:05:54( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: under the speaker's announced policy of january 6, 2009, and under a previous order of the house, theollowing members are recognized for five minutes each. mr. larson of connecticut. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise? >> mr. speaker, to ask unanimous

Edolphus Towns

1:05:55 to 1:06:16( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: consent to speak out of order. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. >> i would like to recognize a great educator who passed away just a few days ago. this man was a tremendous leader. he was the principle of boys and

Edolphus Towns

1:06:17 to 1:06:37( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: girls high school in brooklyn, a gentleman by the name of frank mickens. frank mickens really, really provided the leadership that we need so desperately today and he did it with grace. he wouldnsist that his students worry neck ties and of course the board of education

Edolphus Towns

1:06:38 to 1:06:59( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: and people were very concerned about the fact that they said he was not following the rules and regulations of the board of education. but frank's argument was that if a youngster had on a shirt and a tie his behavior would be different. and that they would be more

Edolphus Towns

1:07:00 to 1:07:20( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: eager to learn and of course frank proved everybody that it was right what he was saying. he proved to everybody that this made sense. he also said that if a youngster was in a suit and tie that they would not be too interested in gang and gang life because gangs would wear colors and all of

Edolphus Towns

1:07:21 to 1:07:43( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: that and that if a youngster did not have a tie, frank mickens provided a tie. he had a closet with shirts and ties and all of that in it to make certain that youngsters who came to school did not have to worry about whether they had a tie or not because he would provide it for them. you know, it was so interesting because when he took over boys

Edolphus Towns

1:07:44 to 1:08:04( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: and girls high school, it was viewed as one of the worst schools in the city of new york and i remember on many occasions how people would -- parents would come to me and say, help me to make certain that my child does not have to attend boys and girls high school. and i remember one family in particular where she came to me

Edolphus Towns

1:08:05 to 1:08:27( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: to try to make certain that her daughter did not attend the high school. and then just a matter of a few years later, after frank mickens turned the school around and, of course, everybody wanted their children to be to boys and girls, then there were no seitz available and she said to me -- seats available and she said to me, i want you to be able to get

Edolphus Towns

1:08:28 to 1:08:48( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: my son into boys and girls high school. it was the same lady who did not want her child to go, want her older child to go to boys and girls. now she was tighting -- fighting to get her son into boys and girls. that points out in the terms of leadership that frank provided. he did not always go by the guidelines and the rules and

Edolphus Towns

1:08:49 to 1:09:10( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: regulations of the education board but the point was that they could not say that he was not affective. and of course he was also effective as a coach. he coached boys and girls high school and as the coach of boys and girls high school he won the city championship and of course that was a very exciting time for school, they had not done

Edolphus Towns

1:09:11 to 1:09:31( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: that in many, many years. he was a natural educato he had the ability to pull teachers together, to get them to work extra hours and to do all kinds of things to make certain that the youngsters were able to learn. he had the youngsters from that school going to some of the best colleges and universities in the nation. this was a school that people

Edolphus Towns

1:09:32 to 1:09:52( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: basically had written off, but now they were going to all the top schools because of the point that these teachers were working very closely with frank to make sure that boys and girls high school was one of the top schools in the city of new york. we're going to miss frank because he was considered the

Edolphus Towns

1:09:53 to 1:10:13( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: person that motivated everybody, got things done, was able to get scholarships for his young students and he was respected in the neighborhood. people would come to him looking for leadership, looking for advice and all of that and of course he's going to be missed because frank truly made a

Edolphus Towns

1:10:14 to 1:10:34( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: difference and i would say that i am just so happy that i had an opportunity to know him and to work with him and to live during his lifetime. frank, we will miss you, but i tell you, your work is something that wl live on and on and on. you were truly a leader.

Edolphus Towns

1:10:35 to 1:10:56( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: you provided educational leadership in a way that will never, never, never be forgotten. so let me say to your family that i know that they will miss frank deer as well, but here again, i think we can be proud of the fact that the legacy that frank leaves and the life that

Edolphus Towns

1:10:57 to 1:11:18( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: he lived is something we should never, never forget. so i would say to all the people not only in brooklyn but throughout this nation, we should commit ourselves and to try to be the kind of educational leader that frank mickens was. on that note, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the

Edolphus Towns

1:11:19 to 1:11:37( Edit History Discussion )

Edolphus Towns: gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from -- mr. jones from north carolina? mr. jones: i ask unanimous five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: thout objection. . mr. jones: i stood on the floor

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