Text: H.R.4797 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 107-271 (10/30/2002)
[107th Congress Public Law 271]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
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Public Law 107-271
To redesignate the facility of the United States Postal Service located
at 265 South Western Avenue, Los Angeles, California, as the ``Nat King
Cole Post Office''. <<NOTE: Oct. 30, 2002 - [H.R. 4797]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following:
(1) Nat King Cole was born Nathaniel Adams Coles in
Montgomery, Alabama, during the difficult period of segregation
in the United States, and was raised in the ghettos of the south
side of Chicago, Illinois, where he endured the harshness of
(2) Nat King Cole was often confronted with racism during
his career, including being attacked by members of a white
supremacist group while he was on stage in Birmingham, Alabama,
(3) Nat King Cole allowed neither poverty nor racism to
prevent him from sharing his music with people worldwide and
from leaving a lasting impression on American culture.
(4) Nat King Cole established himself as the best selling
African-American recording artist of his generation.
(5) Nat King Cole and his family became the first African-
American family to integrate the community of Hancock Park in
Los Angeles when, despite threats and protests from local
residents, they purchased their English Tudor mansion in 1948.
(6) ``The Nat King Cole Show'', primarily broadcast from
Burbank, California, aired nationally for more than a year
beginning in 1956 and was the first television show to be hosted
by an African-American artist.
(7) Nat King Cole graced southern California with his music
during the formative years of his music career and formed the
successful ``King Cole Trio'' in Los Angeles, California.
(8) Nat King Cole's recording of ``Route 66'' serenaded
generations of eager California immigrants.
(9) Nat King Cole's recorded rendition of ``The Christmas
Song'' symbolizes the family warmth of the yuletide season.
(10) Nat King Cole's disarming delivery teaches people the
meaning of ``Unforgettable''.
(11) Although Nat King Cole died from lung cancer on
February 15, 1965, the music and embracing baritone voice of Nat
King Cole are lasting legacies that continue to be enjoyed by
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(12) Nat King Cole exemplifies the American dream by having
overcome societal and other barriers to become one of the great
(13) Members of the community surrounding the Oakwood
Station Post Office in Los Angeles, California, have advocated
for the renaming of the post office in honor of Nat King Cole, a
former resident of the area.
SEC. 2. REDESIGNATION AND REFERENCES.
(a) Redesignation.--The facility of the United States Postal Service
located at 265 South Western Avenue, Los Angeles, California, and known
as the Oakwood Station Post Office, shall be known and designated as the
``Nat King Cole Post Office''.
(b) References.--Any reference in a law, map, regulation, document,
paper, or other record of the United States to the facility referred to
in subsection (a) shall be deemed to be a reference to the ``Nat King
Cole Post Office''.
Approved October 30, 2002.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 4797 (S. 2929):
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 148 (2002):
Sept. 9, considered and passed House.
Oct. 17, considered and passed Senate.