Summary

1/30/2013--Introduced.Directs the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate to arrange for the presentation of a congressional gold medal to commemorate... Read More

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This bill was introduced on Jan 30, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
Jan 30, 2013

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Bill Text

A BILL

To award posthumously a Congressional Gold Medal to Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, where the 4 little Black girls lost their lives, which served as a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. FINDINGS.

Congress finds the following: (1) September 15, 2013, will mark 50 years since the lives of Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley, known as the ``4 little Black girls'', were suddenly taken by a bomb planted in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. (2) The senseless and premature death of the 4 little Black girls sparked ``The Movement that Changed the World''. (3) On that tragic Sunday in September of 1963, the world took notice of the violence inflicted in the struggle for equal rights. (4) The fact that 4 innocent children lost their lives as they prepared for Sunday School shook the world's conscience. (5) This tragedy galvanized the Civil Rights Movement and sparked a surge of momentum that helped secure the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and later the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which were signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. (6) Justice was delayed for these 4 little Black girls and their families until 2002, 39 years after the...

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I oppose S. 186 ("A bill to award posthumously a Congressional Gold Medal to Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair,") because the tragic loss of these lives was not a valorous act out of selflessness. They were victims like those of the Oklahoma City bombing and the Trade towers of 9/11.

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TheAngryAmerican
GA-1
1 year ago

I oppose S. 186 ("A bill to award posthumously a Congressional Gold Medal to Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair,") because there are many more pressing matters right now than who was a catalyst for the civil rights movement a half a century ago. Send the families a Thinking Of You card and move onto some real business.

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joannew
NJ-5
2 years ago

I oppose S. 186 ("A bill to award posthumously a Congressional Gold Medal to Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair,") because Mr. Shelby should be directing his meager legislative prowess to working on a senate budget, not this crap racial "legislation". No surprise - just another senate Republican as worthless as the Democrat senate criminals.

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RandyB
VA-1
2 years ago

I oppose S. 186 ("A bill to award posthumously a Congressional Gold Medal to Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair,") because...this is purely a political move and someone is trying to kiss someone's ass. This does not warrant the time and money by an overpaid Congress when there are more pressing matters.

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Francis525
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2 years ago

Bill Summary

1/30/2013--Introduced.Directs the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate to arrange for the presentation of a congressional gold medal to commemorate the lives of Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley (children who lost their lives in the September 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, an incident recognized as a catalyst for the civil rights movement). Authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to strike and sell bronze duplicates of such medals, with amounts received from the sale to be deposited in the U.S. Mint Public Enterprise Fund.

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