July 30, 2010 - Issue: Vol. 156, No. 114 — Daily Edition111th Congress (2009 - 2010) - 2nd Session
RECOGNIZING 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ``TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD''; Congressional Record Vol. 156, No. 114
(Extensions of Remarks - July 30, 2010)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1523] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RECOGNIZING 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ``TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD'' ______ speech of HON. LAURA RICHARDSON of california in the house of representatives Monday, July 26, 2010 Ms. RICHARDSON. Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong support of H. Res. 1525, which recognizes the 50th anniversary of the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which was written by Nelle Harper Lee of Monroeville, Alabama. This novel has become an American classic and every year thousands of students across the country read it and grapple with the significant moral issues that it raises. I thank Chairman Towns for his leadership in bringing this bill to the floor. I would also like to thank Congressman Bonner for introducing this important measure. Growing up in Monroeville, Alabama, Harper Lee was no stranger to the racial injustice of the American South in the first half of the 20th Century. In 1960, she decided to publish a novel channeling the racial climate she experienced during her youth. This novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is considered one of the greatest American novels of our time. Its depiction of racial inequality as seen through the eyes of a child offers a unique and insightful view of American race relations in the segregated South. Madam Speaker, when I was growing up, students across the country read To Kill a Mockingbird in high school. While discussing the novel with one of my interns, Brittni Hamilton, I learned that she read the novel as early as middle school. I guess such a classic novel that raises such important issues about the social and moral character of our nation cannot wait until high school any longer. In any case, I am pleased that all the young people in our nation are exposed to the timeless moral lessons of To Kill a Mockingbird. Madam Speaker, Harper Lee's novel is classic. In addition to winning a Pulitzer Prize, To Kill a Mockingbird has also earned Harper Lee induction into the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Since first being published in 1960, it has sold over 30 million copies. I am proud that our nation continues to cherish and appreciate this landmark literary achievement. I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this resolution. ____________________