A bill passed in the Senate yesterday that authorizes the addition of Sojourner Truth’s image to a statue honoring suffragists in the basement of the US Capitol building. The bill, HR 4510, was initially promoted by the late Dr. C. DeLores Tucker, a lifelong champion of civil rights and women’s rights and the chair of the National Congress of Black Women for nine years. Introduced by Representative Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), the bill passed the House in December 2005. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) introduced the legislation in the Senate and canvassed for bipartisan support. Yesterday, the Senate unanimously agreed to pass the bill without amendment.
Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq., the current national chair of the National Congress of Black Women, said of the bill’s congressional approval, “This is a great honor for Black women everywhere, and we are grateful to all who worked to make it happen. While we have struggled for a very long time to keep Sojourner Truth’s legacy alive, we recognize that it is through our struggles that we gain our victories.”
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