November 26, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 189 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
HONORING MRS. LILLIAN AUDREY SEAYS; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 189
(Extensions of Remarks - November 26, 2019)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1511] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING MRS. LILLIAN AUDREY SEAYS ______ HON. VAL BUTLER DEMINGS of florida in the house of representatives Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Mrs. DEMINGS. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of someone I considered my sister and friend, Mrs. Lillian Audrey Seays, who passed away on November 20, 2019, three days before seeing her 82nd birthday. Always a champion for reading and education, Lillian served for 22 years as the librarian at Memorial Middle School. The Orlando community could not have been prouder when in 2016, the Media Center was renamed in her honor . Lillian Seays had a mission in life, and it extended well beyond her commitment to the youth of Central Florida. Lillian understood the importance of educating other cultures about the accomplishments and challenges of African Americans throughout Florida. In 1997, she and her husband, Lester Seays, co-founded ONYX Magazine, through their own publishing company, LBS Publications. Rooted in strong tradition, style and grace, ONYX Magazine continues to be a premier magazine that empowers, entertains and inspires persons of diverse backgrounds from around the world. The LBS Foundation has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarship to deserving youth. Lillian Seays was actively involved in her community where she served as a charter member of the Orange County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., President and Treasurer of the Orlando Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Under her leadership, Orlando experienced several ``firsts,'' including the first sickle cell screening clinic, health fair, Minerva Awards, and the very first and unforgettable Ebony Fashion Fair Show. Please note that the Ebony Fashion Fair Show raised thousands of dollars for scholarships. In addition, Lillian led the initiative to develop the Delteens of Orlando, now known as the Delta Gems, a mentoring group for young women. Moreover, Lillian Seays was a member of the Links, Inc., publisher and co-author of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and an active member of New Covenant Baptist Church. Lillian Seays was a true public servant who never forgot that service to humankind was a direct reflection of her service to God. We truly believe Central Florida is better, stronger and kinder because of her unselfish love for her community. Madam Speaker, Mrs. Lillian Seays will be missed by all who knew her, but we are forever grateful for her service, and join her family and the Orlando community in celebrating a life well lived. ____________________