Black Caucus Pays Tribute On House Floor To Rev. Jackson's Run For President
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
WashingtonD.C. – Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, released the following statement today after a tribute to Reverend Jesse L. Jackson on the House floor:
“Good morning Madam Speaker. I rise today to recognize and honor the contributions of a truly outstanding American— Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson.
“Twenty-five years ago Reverend Jackson embarked on a trailblazing run for the presidency, which energized our nation and was an inspiration to millions. Many members of this body are here today as a result of the movement Reverend Jackson led.
“Reverend Jackson’s run for the White House gave us more than hope. He showed us how to build a serious grassroots movement that cut across racial and class lines. We learned skills that we were able to apply to empower and engage our communities so that our voices would be heard and issues addressed.
“In the twenty-five years since Reverend Jackson’s historic run for the presidency,America has witnessed monumental social, cultural and technological changes culminating in our nation electing the first African American president. Much remains to be done in this great nation, but your example of perseverance and coalition-building continues to inspire hope, change and participation in our democracy.
“Reverend Jackson, you have shown us that if a dream can be conceived it can be achieved and we honor you today.