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Sen. Paul Opening Statement at HELP Committee Hearing

May 13, 2014 in Politics & Elections

Sen. Rand Paul offered the following opening statement at today’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing, while serving as the Committee’s Ranking Member. The hearing today was held to examine strengthening of minority serving institutions, primarily focusing on the best practices and innovations for student success. Below is the video and text of his statement.CLICK HERE TO WATCH SEN. PAUL’S OPENING STATEMENT TRANSCRIPT: Thank you Senator Hagan and Senator Alexander for allowing me to be the Ranking Member today. I get an unusual promotion to do this but I appreciate the opportunity, you know Kentucky is famous for a lot of, both good things and bad things that happened in education over time. We’re proud of our historically black colleges, Kentucky State, were proud of the fact that Berea College was one of the first integrated colleges in the South. We’re not so proud of the fact that after about 50 years of being integrated they passed a law in the Kentucky State Legislature banning integration, which continued to be the law until I believe until Brown v. Board. But Kentucky is essentially been a microcosm of both good and bad things happening, Kentucky State University is our main historic black college and the president has been Dr. Sias who’s been the president for the last 10 years and she’s retiring. I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate her on a great term being Kentucky states’ first female public university president. Kentucky states had several famous graduates, I’d like to mention a couple, a few. Marion Kelly was the first Undersecretary of the Department of Labor under President George Herbert Walker Bush. Ersa Hines Poston was the first African American to head the United States Civil Service Commission and Whitney M. Young a graduate was a famous civil rights leader and head of the National Urban League. Also in Kentucky in the 19th century we had a University by the name of State University which was one of the first university’s to educate African Americans when there were no other opportunities its recently been resurrected and re-chartered and reaccredited. Thanks really to the leadership of Dr. Kevin Cosby in Louisville and it’s been a great asset to rejuvenating part of our town of Louisville. One of its famous graduates was William Warley. Who I think really has been underappreciated in history, but there was a case in 1917 …read more


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