Congressman Cohen honors the memory of Kenneth Whalum on the House floor

October 25, 2007
Press Release
“Madam Speaker, the City of Memphis, Tennessee, has lost one of its finest citizens: Kenneth Whalum, Sr.” said Congressman Cohen during his statement. “He was a pastor, he was a two-time city councilman, he was a father, and he was a leader in our community.”  On June 6, Congressman Cohen introduced a bill to rename the post office located at 555 South 3rd Street as the "Kenneth T. Whalum, Sr. Post Office Building" in honor of Mr. Whalum’s years of service as a postal worker.  It passed through the Senate unanimously earlier this month, and President Bush is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming days. Congressman Cohen continued, “He had a family of which the City of Memphis is proud.  The hair of the hypocrite never was upon this family, and the idea of discrimination and bigotry or intolerance never disgraced them either.” He later added, “Kenneth Whalum was a dear friend to me and an even dearer friend to the city of Memphis.  In every endeavor he undertook – as a pastor, a councilman, a civic leader, a postal worker and a loving father and husband – he gave all of himself. Yesterday, our city lost one of its great heroes.”   -30- Contact:  Marilyn Dillihay, Press Secretary, (202) 225-3265 / (202) 368-9275 (mobile) Charlie Gerber, Communications Assistant, (202) 225-3265