[Congressional Record Volume 147, Number 39 (Thursday, March 22, 2001)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E428]
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                           HON. NICK LAMPSON

                                of texas

                    in the house of representatives

                        Thursday, March 22, 2001

  Mr. LAMPSON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor local citizens from 
the 9th District of Texas who were chosen during Black History Month 
for their work. While the dedication of African-American leaders is 
well-known throughout the United States, local citizens, right here in 
the Southeast Gulf Coast region, are just as important to ensuring 
equal rights for all Texans. Last month I asked members of the 
communities in the 9th District to nominate individuals for my ``Unsung 
Heroes'' award that gives special recognition to those unsung heroes, 
willing workers, and individuals who are so much a part of our nation's 
rich history. Recipients were chosen because they embodied a giving and 
sharing spirit, and had made a contribution to our nation.
  These individuals have not only talked the talk, but they have walked 
the walk. They have worked long and hard for equal rights in their 
churches, schools, and in their communities. While their efforts may 
not make the headlines every day, their pioneering struggle for 
equality and justice is nevertheless vital to our entire region. This 
region of Southeast Texas is not successful in spite of our diversity; 
we are successful because of it.
  Please join me in recognizing and congratulating these community 
leaders for their support of bringing justice and equality to Southeast 
Texas. It is leaders like these men and women that continue to be a 
source of pride not only during Black History Month, but all year long. 
The winners of this years ``Unsung Heroes'' award are:
  Mrs. Ursula Arceneaux, John R. Bolt, Joanne Broussard, Octavia Brown-
Reed, Arthur Charles III, Dalton Domingue, John T. Dooley, Tudy Duriso, 
Jacqueline Duriso, Willie Mae Elmore, Dr. Anthony Gambrah, Mrs. Doris 
Jean Gill, Ms. Lillie T. Green, Charles Hall, Rachel Hebert, Miss 
Dorothy M. Ingram, Beverly Jackson-Brown, Chester Johnson, Mrs. 
Priscilla Jones, Barbara Pernell Joseph, Marilyn Keedy-Wall, Emerson A. 
Kincade, Mrs. Beverly King, Sandra LaDay, Igalious Mills, Rev. Brenda 
Payne, L.G. Slider, Jr., Rev. Oveal Walker III, Ella Walker, Gethrel 
Hall Williams, and Norris Batiste Jr.
  Mr. Speaker, the recipients of the ``Unsung Heroes'' award are 
dedicated and hardworking individuals who have done so much for their 
neighbors and for this nation as a whole. Today, I stand to recognize 
their spirit and to say that I am honored to be their Representative.