Honoring Mr. Cedric George Givensby Representative Cedric L. Richmond
Posted on 2013-02-12
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Mr. RICHMOND. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the continued
achievements of Mr. Cedric George Givens, a native of my hometown of
New Orleans, Louisiana. I have the distinct privilege of congratulating
Mr. Givens as he is honored with the title of 98th King of Zulu, an
organization that he has proudly served for nearly two decades. Mr.
Givens has been a continued leader in Zulu, reigning as Zulu Governor
in 2005 and serving as a Board Member from 2008 to 2012. He has also
served on and chaired several committees, most recently acting as the
Chairman of the Zulu Anniversary Committee. Mr. Givens has been a
leader in Zulu due to his love of bettering his community, and it is an
example that we should all strive to follow.
In addition to his role as an active member and leader of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club since 1994, Mr. Givens has been a leader in business and in his community. For 17 years, Mr. Givens worked as a Plant Supervisor for Diversified Foods and Seasonings Inc. Currently, he is serving as the Vice-President of Operations of a financial firm, where he manages operations and transportation in over 20 countries. Outside of work, Mr. Givens leads an admirable life in his community, working with social groups like the Big Dawgs and the Go-Getters. His service to his community is an inspiration, and we are deeply grateful to him for his years of commitment.
A New Orleans native, Mr. Givens is the youngest child to Robert and Janice Givens. He is a product of the Orleans Parish Public School System, graduating from Alcee Fortier Senior High School in 1985. He also attended college at Southwestern Louisiana University, where he joined the Beta Phi chapter of the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity. Mr. Givens and his wife, Zulu Queen Monica Veal Givens, have three children--Stacey Thomas, Ryan Williams, and Rayna Brantley. I hold Mr. Givens in the highest regard for his dedication to his family and friends. His commitment to the future of New Orleans brings hope and promise to our city. With the tireless work of people like Mr. Givens, New Orleans will continue to be one of the most empowered and unique cities in the world.
I wish to congratulate Mr. Cedric Givens on his coronation on February 8, 2013 as the 98th King of Zulu.