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                      HONORING FLORENCE M. JOHNSON

  (Mr. PAYNE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. PAYNE. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor a community leader 
from Essex County, New Jersey, Ms. Florence M. Johnson. Ms. Johnson has 
been an exceptional leader across Essex County for the past four 
  In the 1970s, she cofounded a housing development in East Orange, New 
Jersey, that was designed, built, and managed by African Americans--one 
of the first of its kind.
  In the 1980s and 1990s, she was a trailblazing member of East Orange 
City Council.
  In 2000, she joined the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as an outreach 
and community engagement leader. At the New Jersey Symphony, Ms. 
Johnson led outreach to schools, churches, senior centers, and other 
organizations in order to make sure that the arts benefit everyone in 
the community.
  This evening, she is being honored as a Hidden Figure in East Orange, 
New Jersey.
  Madam Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring Ms. 
Florence M. Johnson for her leadership.