WASHINGTON | May 17, 2018
Remarks as delivered:
"Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
"I am honored to stand before you to recognize the 64th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education.
"Because of the relentless courage of Linda Brown, her parents, and civil rights leaders, the abhorrent segregationist policy of “separate-but-equal” education came to an end. As a result, millions of children were afforded the educational opportunities they deserve and their rightful shot at a successful life.
"Mr. Speaker, as an educator, as a lifelong learner, and as Chair of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, I believe with all my heart that education is the key to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
"Sixty-four years ago, the end of legal segregation in public schools recognized that inherent value as well.
"I honor the courage of those students who brought about that change, and I yield back."