Celebrating the Life of Harlem’s Beloved Advocate for Education Arthur ``Artie’’ Georgesby Representative Charles B. Rangel
Posted on 2013-03-15
of new york
in the house of representatives
Friday, March 15, 2013
Mr. RANGEL. Mr. Speaker, I rise with great sadness as I pay tribute
to one of Harlem's distinguish dynamic and influential members, Arthur
``Artie'' Georges, who passed away on January 29, 2013. As I speak with
profound sorrow, I ascend to celebrate a life well lived and to
remember with fondness the accomplishments of a remarkable leader.
It is without question that Artie's outstanding contributions to the Holcombe Rucker Basketball League, the National Association of Each One Teach One, Inc. and our famed Harlem Week Golden Hoops places him in a very special category in a long line of remarkable men who have given so much to our children and to the Greater Harlem community and beyond. Artie's passion for public service is well documented by his important and outstanding 30-year career work as a Methadone Maintenance Treatment Counselor--at a time when heroin crippled and took the lives of so many of our best and brightest young men and women.
Artie served his Nation proudly in the United States Army and was a loyal member of the Colonel Charles Young American Legion Post 398. An advocate of education, he loved being a part of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Basketball Tournament Weekend; the Pelham Fritz Basketball League Scholarship Fund; and the John Hunter Memorial Camp Fund.
Great men like Artie are precious gifts we temporarily have in this world, but their assistance, contributions and accomplishments are far remembered and everlasting. Artie was a dear friend and was known to many of us as a brilliant hardworking community leader who dedicated his life work to the education of our youth.
Mr. Speaker, as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March On Washington, let us celebrate the life of our beloved Arthur ``Artie'' Georges who dedicated his life to our youth and the Black American Experience.