Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Hillary Clinton Likes To Rename Buildings After Black People

It's no secret that Hillary Clinton has done a lot to move the discussion on Civil Rights forward in America.  You can look at her record of change-making on that topic here (click link).  But what is not as well publicized are the ways in which Hillary Clinton has sought to advance the standing of minorities in the historical record by awards and recognition.

Here are just a few examples of ways in which Clinton has aimed to give minorities their rightful part in the American legend:

Hillary introduces bill to designate the building located at 1 Federal Plaza in New York, New York, as the “James L. Watson United States Courthouse”.

Hillary Clinton introduces bill to designate the United States courthouse located at 40 Centre Street in New York, New York, as the “Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse".

Even though Jack Shea was white, he is something of a Civil Rights icon because he boycotted the 1936 Olympic Games in Germany to protest the treatment of Jews in concentration camps.  Here is where Hillary Clinton brought a bill to the Senate which would rename a Lake Placid Post Office after him.

She also passed a bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 555 West 180th Street in New York, New York, as the “Sergeant Riayan A. Tejeda Post Office”.  Tejeda was a Marine who died in Iraq before becoming an American citizen and was posthumously given citizenship in a ceremony at his family’s home.

In 2005, it was Hillary Clinton who called for a resolution honoring Shirley Chisholm for her service to our nation.  Chisholm was the first African American woman to be elected to congress and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination

In 2002, Clinton also got the ball rolling on giving the Congressional Gold Medal to Dr. Dorothy Height, the President of the National Council for Negro Women (NCNW).  Height was first awarded and recognized by President Bill Clinton in 1994, then by Congress in 2004 and her funeral was attended by President Obama in 2010.

In perhaps one of the most interesting bills that was thrown into the "referred to committee" pile,  Hillary Clinton also called for Harriet Tubman to be recognized not just as a Civil Rights hero - but also as a Civil War hero.

Additional Reading:
Read the Racial Justice page on HillaryClinton.com

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