July 12, 2018 - Issue: Vol. 164, No. 117 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 2nd Session
ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 117
(Senate - July 12, 2018)
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[Page S4944] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS ______ 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. ____________________