EXPRESSING SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT ALL AMERICANS OBSERVE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION WITH A COMMITMENT TO CONTINUING AND BUILDING ON THE LEGACY OF BROWN -- (House of Representatives - May 13, 2004)
Mr. SENSENBRENNER. Mr. Speaker, pursuant to the previous order of the House, I call up the concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 414) expressing the sense of the Congress that, as Congress recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, all Americans are encouraged to observe this anniversary with a commitment to continuing and building on the legacy of Brown, and ask for its immediate consideration.
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Mr. VITTER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. On May 17, 1954, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren announced the Court's unanimous decision that ended the legal racial segregation in our Nation's public schools.
Without the courage and determination of the families that made up the 5 cases under Brown and the team of attorneys from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), our Nation's public schools would have continued to operate under the "separate but equal" doctrine.
All parents want to ensure their children are safe, happy and healthy. They also want to give them the opportunities that were not afforded to them. Access to safe public schools that have the necessary resources for their children to succeed later on in life is important to every parent, regardless of race, color or creed. As a proud father of 4 children, I recognize the link between education, good paying jobs, and securing our children's future in the 21st century.
I have long been an advocate for education in my State. I know the importance of providing our public schools with the necessary technology improvements that will help children compete in the 21st century. I continue to believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams.
I congratulate the children, parents, and the NAACP attorneys who pursued this case for their role in ensuring all children have the right to receive a quality education. Thank you for pursuing and believing in your fundamental rights under the Constitution, which guarantees every citizen the right to the pursuit of happiness, liberty, and equal opportunity.
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