KENNEDY, MA DELEGATION AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO HONOR FORMER SENATOR EDWARD BROOKE
Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy will join Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and members of the Massachusetts delegation to introduce a bill in Congress to award former Massachusetts Senator Edward Brooke the Congressional Gold Medal. A press availability will be held following the introduction of the legislation.
Senator Edward Brooke represented Massachusetts in the United States Senate from 1967 to 1979 , as the first popularly elected African-American U.S. Senator. Brooke is honored for his longstanding commitment to voting rights in Washington, D.C. and his service to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor awarded by Congress, initially was bestowed on military leaders when it was started in 1776. Since then the medal also has been given to Sir Winston Churchill and Tony Blair; civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Height and Rosa Parks; actors Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra; humanitarians Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa; and athletes Joe Louis and Jackie Robinson, among others.