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  • Honoring the Life of Ralph Waldo Ellison

    by Senator James Lankford

    Posted on 2013-03-05

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    LANKFORD asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. LANKFORD. Mr. Speaker, I rise to be able to pay honor to a man who deserves honor. March 1 would have been Ralph Waldo Ellison's--we know him as Ralph Ellison--100th birthday.



    Ralph Ellison is a proud son of Oklahoma City. He's a graduate of Douglas High School in Oklahoma City. He hopped trains to Tuskegee to go to Tuskegee College on a music scholarship.

    He's a musician, he's a sculptor, and he's the writer of the famous work, ``Invisible Man.'' It was the defining work of African American literature in the 1950s, and still continues today as being one of the defining works to be able to point our culture to not ignore racial injustice, social injustice, and economic injustice that still occurs in our Nation today.

    His work ethic, his passion for education, and his passion for justice is a [[Page H956]] great example to all Americans. I rise to be able to honor a great Oklahoma citizen, Ralph Ellison, and begin a one-year celebration of his 100th birthday.

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