ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 117
(Senate - July 12, 2018)

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                         ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS

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                     TRIBUTE TO ELSIE STEWARD YOUNG

 Mr. BROWN. Mr. President, today I wish to congratulate Miss 
Elsie Steward Young of Highland County, OH, on her 102nd birthday and 
her recent induction into the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame.
  Miss Elsie is a legend in southwest Ohio and a lifelong fighter for 
justice and opportunity for all Ohio children.
  In 1954, after the Supreme Court issued its landmark Brown v. Board 
of Education decision and ordered an end to segregation in America's 
schools, the two all-White primary schools in Hillsboro, OH, refused to 
integrate. The district continued to send Black students to the one 
all-Black school, which was in shambles.
  Miss Elsie and a group of mothers took matters into their own hands. 
For 2-years, the ``Marching Mothers of Hillsboro'' walked to the town's 
all-White primary schools every single day, just to be sent home, but 
they continued to march and to show that they would not rest until 
their children were given the quality education they were guaranteed 
under the law. They joined with the NAACP to file a lawsuit against the 
Hillsboro Board of Education, which made it all the way to the Supreme 
Court--and they won.
  Because of Miss Elsie and her fellow mothers' advocacy, the Court 
ordered the schools to integrate, and paved the way for integration in 
other Northern cities. Their activism is a reminder of what ordinary 
citizens can achieve when they band together to fight for justice.
  I am sure that my Senate colleagues join me in Honoring Miss Elsie 
Steward Young for her service to justice and equality.

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