Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday

January 24, 2020
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January 24, 2020

Dear Friend, 
This week, I commemorated the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday and Day of Service with a series of events on Monday. Earlier in the weekend, I celebrated at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Phi Lambda Omega Chapter’s 112th Founders’ Day breakfast; spoke at the Women’s March at the National Civil Rights Museum; spoke at the Arlington High School’s Democratic Club; visited students at the Goodwill Excel Center; planned to recognize the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp on January 27th and offered a health tip. Keep reading to learn more about my week and follow me on TwitterFacebook and Instagram to see more updates as they happen.

Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 
Celebrating Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Inc. Phi Lambda Omega Chapter’s 112th Founders’ Day 
Speaking to Participants at the Women’s March 
Visiting Arlington High School Democratic Club 
Meeting with Students and Faculty of the Goodwill Excel Center 
Recognizing the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz 
Weekly Health Tip 
Quote of the Week 


Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

On Monday, I spoke at the LeMoyne-Owen College Alumni Association’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast. In my remarks, I said I’d had a dream Sunday night in which I recalled Dr. King’s famous anti-war sermon delivered at New York City’s Riverside Church exactly one year before his assassination in Memphis. In that speech, Dr. King condemned militarism, and I thought about the $738 billion defense spending package – a bill I voted against - that was signed into law last month. Dr. King condemned materialism, and I thought about the Trump tax scam that produced even greater disparities between the top One Percent and the rest of the country. And Dr. King condemned racism, and I thought about Charlottesville and Trump’s “very fine people, on both sides” remark. Then I told the crowd that I woke up to another nightmare: reading in The Commercial Appeal about Vice President Pence’s 34-minute Sunday tour of our National Civil Rights Museum. I was pleased to visit with the Reverend Alvin O’Neal Jackson, the former pastor of the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, who is now the national executive director of the Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington. Also in attendance were LeMoyne-Owen College President Carol Johnson-Dean; the Reverend Henry Key, pastor of St. John Baptist Church-Vance Avenue; the Reverend Charles Ewing II, pastor of the Gospel Temple Baptist Church; Pastor Anthony Sledge of St. Paul Baptist Church in Millington; and LeMoyne-Owen alumni, students, faculty, administrators and friends.

Celebrating Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Phi Lambda Omega Chapter’s 112th Founders’ Day 

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On Saturday, I attended the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Phi Lambda Omega Chapter’s 112th Founders’ Day breakfast. I commended the sorority members on their years of dedicated leadership and for the academic and community service scholarships the local chapter provides to high school students. The Phi Lambda Omega chapter is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. I also commended chapter President Rachel D. Helton and all her sorority sisters for living the motto “Serve Others In Love.” On January 11, I spoke to the AKA’s Beta Epsilon Omega Chapter’s Founders’ Day event.  

Speaking to Participants at the Women’s March 

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Also Saturday, I spoke to participants in the fourth annual Women’s March, which started at Clayborn Temple and ended at the National Civil Rights Museum. I talked to several marchers about the impeachment trial in the Senate now under way in Washington and about my lifelong dedication to women’s health and reproductive rights. The march, and ones like it across the country, have become part of a massive progressive movement, and I am proud to be part of it. 

Visiting Arlington High School Democratic Club 

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On Tuesday, I visited with the Democratic Club at Arlington High School, sponsored by my Millington constituent, Honors World and European History teacher Joel Wilhite. I was impressed with how well-informed the students were on current events and on what’s happening in Washington. 

Meeting with Students and Faculty of the Goodwill Excel Center 

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There are an estimated 131,000 adults in Shelby County without a high school diploma and 2,000 Memphis students drop out each year. The Memphis Goodwill Excel Adult Learning Center on Norris Road is trying to change that with tuition-free classes leading to fully accredited Shelby County high school diplomas. So far, 631 Goodwill Excel graduates have earned diplomas. I met with students, faculty and staff on Tuesday to learn more about the program. The Excel Center offers accelerated day and evening classes; free, drop-in child care; and life coaches for every student. It is changing our community for the better -- one adult learner at a time. 

Recognizing the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz 

On Monday, January 27, I will join many around the world in silent recognition of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp where 1.1 million, mostly Jews, were murdered by the Nazis. Monday is also International Holocaust Remembrance Day. We will never forget.  

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Weekly Health Tip  

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While we’re still in the season of New Year’s resolutions, the Centers for Disease Control reminds us that you can make a physical exercise workout regimen “work for you” and your lifestyle. See its guidance here.  

Quote of the Week

“The facts will come out in the end. The documents which the President is hiding will be released through the Freedom of Information Act or through other means over time. Witnesses will tell their stories in books and film. The truth will come out. The question is, will it come out in time? And what answer shall we give if we did not pursue the truth now, and let it remain hidden until it was too late to consider on the profound issue of the President’s guilt or innocence?” -- House Impeachment Manager Adam Schiff, argument to the Senate, Wednesday, January 22, 2020 

As always, I remain
Most sincerely,

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Steve Cohen
Member of Congress