RECOGNIZING VIVIAN CASTLEBERRY; Congressional Record Vol. 160, No. 79
(Extensions of Remarks - May 23, 2014)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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                       HON. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON

                                of texas

                    in the house of representatives

                          Friday, May 23, 2014

  Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to 
recognize Vivian Castleberry, recipient of the 2014 Visionary Woman 
award given by Juliette Fowler Communities. Ms. Castleberry became the 
first female editor of the Dallas Times Herald in 1957 and spent 
twenty-eight years there before her retirement to pursue a second 
career as a profound peace activist.
  A Texas native, Ms. Castleberry co-founded The Dallas Women's 
Foundation, The Family Place, and the Women's Center of Dallas and 
founded Peacemakers Incorporated. Her work as a ``grassroots Citizen 
Diplomat'' included traveling to Russia to meet and interview women 
entrepreneurs who were educated in the United States and returned to 
Russia to use their skills to build their own communities.
  Since retiring from the Dallas Times Herald, Ms. Castleberry has 
written four books: Daughters of Dallas, The Texas Tornado, Sarah the 
Bridge Builder, and Seeds of Success. Because of her success in 
journalism, Ms. Castleberry has won numerous awards like the ``Katie'' 
awards given by the Press Club of Dallas, two United Press 
International awards, a Buck Marryat Award for ``outstanding 
contributions to communications,'' among others.
  Ms. Castleberry was inducted into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame in 
1984 which is the same year of its creation. A journalistic pioneer, I 
am proud that Ms. Castleberry is a member of the Dallas community. Ms. 
Castleberry is said to have been the ``godmother'' of the women's 
movement in Dallas. Her success in shining the light on capable and 
accomplished women contributes to today's women's movement.
  Please join me in recognizing Vivian Castleberry, a woman I count on 
as one of my good friends and supporters over the years, not only for 
her earning the 2014 Visionary Woman award, but for helping to bring 
women to the forefront of our society.