Additional Statementsby Senator Tim Scott
Posted on 2015-02-02
SCOTT. Mr. President, I am humbled to recognize Mr. Odell
Lumont Price, and especially during Black History Month. As a
constituent, I can say he has encouraged all who are familiar with his
story. Mr. Price exemplifies the words of the late Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr.--he has truly lived a life in which he has been ``judged by
the content of his character rather than the color of his skin.''
He grew up in Liberty Hill, a small part of North Charleston, and was
among the first to graduate from all-white North Charleston High in
1967. Upon graduation, he volunteered to join the U.S. Marines at the
age of 17 because he lacked the finances to attend college. He also
served to show his
love and respect for his country and family.
He saw much during his time in battle, and quickly became a squad leader of the 3rd Marine Division. After leaving the military, he used the GI Bill to further his education. Mr. Price believes that the opportunity to further his education played a huge part in his success working at the Charleston Naval Shipyard.
Mr. Price is an example of everything that has allowed me to stand before you today. His values of faith, family and freedom have granted me the chance to stand on his shoulders and continue helping our beloved country march forward.
Please join me in a heartfelt ``Thanks'' to not only a fellow South Carolinian but someone who deserves the title of ``Hero'' for his service to our country.