Tuesday, August 26, 2008

DNC Remembers Stephanie Tubbs Jones

Congressional Black Caucus leaders commemorated the life and work of Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio) today at the DNC.

Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Mich.) said, "She was my friend. I will always treasure her smile. Her brilliant light shines and will continue."

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) said, coming from working-class roots, Rep. Tubbs Jones built her life and career working for working people. He called for celebrating her life by winning this election and making sure racism and sexism are not part of the equation.

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) added, "I knew Stephanie Tubbs Jones as a constant voice for justice and peace." Tubbs Jones led the CBC in standin rock-solid with Sen. Obama, despite her own strong support for Hillary Clinton during the primary, Conyers recalled.

Conyers also recalled Tubbs Jones' fight to protect the vote in Ohio and across the country.

Rep. Benny Thompson (D-Miss.) said, "Her life an dleagcy is full of history makings." He described Tubbs Jones as "strong" for having been the "first" in so many areas of life as an Africna American and as a woman.

Thompson said that Tubbs Jones legacy is to make permanent the change her life represented. "Then her life will not be in vain," he said. He reflected that Barack Obama's election poses that great possibility.

Digg Technorati del.icio.us Stumbleupon Reddit Yahoo
blog comments powered by Disqus