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  • In Honor of Joseph Jackson, Jr.

    by Representative Loretta Sanchez

    Posted on 2016-01-12

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    SANCHEZ of California asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.) Ms. LORETTA SANCHEZ of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of Joseph Jackson, Jr., a resident of my hometown of Anaheim, California.

    Mr. Jackson was born on April 14, 1937, to a domestic worker and a janitor in Memphis, Tennessee, during the height of segregation.

    His tremendous civil rights contributions date back to 1960 when he was elected as the Youth Council president of the NAACP at Tougaloo College, Mississippi.

    On March 27, 1961, as a young college student, Mr. Jackson participated in a peaceful civil rights movement with eight others. You see, he wanted to be able to go into the Jackson, Mississippi, Municipal Library. They did a sit in--a ``read in,'' they called it. These nine civil rights students were recognized as the Tougaloo Nine.

    Mr. Jackson's desegregation movement started small, but his efforts led our Nation to ultimately desegregate public institutions.

    As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Day, he has had an incredible impact, but let us not forget the Tougaloo Nine.

    We honor Mr. Joseph Jackson, Jr., and the Tougaloo Nine for their historic achievements, nonviolent activism, and their courage to advocate for a civil society.


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