Congressional Condolences for “Miss Julia” Carson

Published by Pamela Gentry on Monday, December 17, 2007 at 1:43 pm.

ByPamela Gentry, Senior Political Producer

Posted Dec. 17, 2007 – Funeral arrangements are planned for Saturday, Dec. 22 in Indianapolis, for Rep. Julia Carson (D-Ind.) who died Saturday at home.  On Friday, December 21, the Indiana lawmaker will lie in state at the Indian State Capitol, allowing a final farewell from the Indianapolis community she served for more than a decade.
The business of the 7th District will continue under the supervision of the Clerk of the House of Representatives until her successor is sworn in.
Carson was 69. Carson’s career is filled with “firsts,” but she will always be remembered for leading the charge to bestow civil rights activist Rosa Parks with the Congressional Medal of Honor.  I witnessed the pride she felt in June 1999 when the medal was finally presented  to Parks in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. 
Rep. Carolyn C. Kilpatrick (D-Mich.), who heads the Congressional Black Caucus, remembered Carson as an “esteemed colleague, friend and sister.”
“As a tireless public servant for over 35 years, ‘Miss Julia’ was unapologetically outspoken and equally relentless in her pursuit of parity for women and minorities in Indiana’s Seventh Congressional District and across the globe. She was a stalwart for social justice and a trailblazer – serving as the first woman and first African American Indianapolis has ever sent to Congress,” she said.
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) praised his colleague as a “trailblazer and an inspiration.” “She was not only a friend and a colleague, but a kindred spirit in the fight for equality and justice. The support that she generously offered me over these last few years, as well as her dignity, good humor, and faith, will never be forgotten,” he said.
 Sen. Evan Bayh, (D-Ind.) praised his fellow native as someone who ” overcame much and accomplished much, and devoted her life to helping other people do the same. She was elected to important public offices, but never forgot who she was, where she came from or who she was there to serve.”
“The Congressional Black Caucus, the United States House of Representatives and the world has lost a star and a stripe,” Kilpatrick said.

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minnie said on December 17th, 2007

I send my prayers to her family,I know what you are going through I lost my sister-n-law to lung cancer.God Bless you all and turn to God for healing he won’t let you down he there for your pain.

Pamela Gentry said on December 17th, 2007

The following statements were released today;
Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.)House Majority Whip said, “I’m saddened by the passing of my friend and colleague, Juila Carson. She served with passion, dedication and a sense of humor. It was her strength and determination to overcome obstacles of poverty and racism, and her commitment to the people of Indiana that made her stand out as a leader in Congress. After serving 18 years in the Indiana General Assembly and six years as Center Township Trustee, she became the first woman and first African American to represent Indianapolis. Her commitment to improving financial literacy and healthcare for all Americans, her work to establish a congressional Gold Medal for Rosa Parks and her lifetime of $$~$% service will serve as her living legacy. My thoughts and prayers go to her friends and family during this time of grief.”
Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.) Chairman of the Hispanic Caucuse issued the following statement;
The Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Rep. oe Baca, released the following statement on the passing of Congresswoman Julia Carson (D-Ind.).
"The thoughts, prayers and hearts of the members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are with the family of Congresswoman Julia Carson as they deal with the loss of a great leader in Congress. Congresswoman Carson was a trailblazer, who represented the people of Indiana with great passion and pride. She dedicated her life to protecting and defending the poor, the needy, and the voiceless."
Fellow CBC Member Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) remembers her colleague.
“I can’t help but smile as I remember the wonderful public servant, colleague, mentor, sister and friend who was Julia Carson. I am privilege to have known her.
“We were elected to Congress around the same time – just two years apart. You could say, I followed her into the House.
“Like our beloved Shirley Chisholm, who was the first Black woman elected to Congress, Julia was the first woman and first African American to represent Indianapolis.
“She is an inspiration to the many young women who will dare to enter public service and her spirit will inspire them to keep fighting the good fight as she did during her 35 years in elected office.
“Julia left this world a better place then she found it. After ?# glorious years on this earth, she is with her Maker and I am sure she will dwell in the ‘House’ of the LORD forever and ever.
“My thoughts and prayers are with her family during what will likely be a difficult holiday season.”

Zeta Phi Beta said on December 17th, 2007

Dear Family and Friends,
We extend our prayers, love, and support to Julia Carson’s Family. Our Soror is going home. Soror Julia represented us well. She is now at The House by the Side of the Road, and she is a friend to man.

peach said on December 17th, 2007

Me and my family send our thougts and prayers to miss julia’s family and friends. She is in a better place now.

Doveli said on December 18th, 2007

Rest in peace, sweet Soror. You have served your community and now it’s time to rest. You will be missed!

M.Barnes said on December 18th, 2007

I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Julia Carson. As a former Hoosier of the State of Indiana, I will always be familiar with the things Julie Carson did while congresswoman. She will be dearly missed. May she rest in peace.

Pawasa said on December 19th, 2007

The Blessed of the Lord make rich and add no sorry to it. Thank God for a warrior, an example and a representative that had a voice to speak for what is right and what is wrong… Somebody predestined from the foundation from the earth is and will be charged to stand in the gap and defend those issue that must be address for the sake of our nation. Lift every voice and praise the servant that took a stand to be heard. It was not invain. Big things come in small package and that is the power of a woman. She is Blessed and we believe in the man that back her up.Doubly Blessed. The White House needs more people and good moral in the decision of today. Leadership makes a great big different when God in front. Wisdom is her best teacher and out of her mouth she speaks kindness and truth. Be Blessed and Highly Favor because God is in Control.

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