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Princeton Prize KEYNOTER: Cong. James Clyburn

TIME TO congratulate the winners - 5/26 -- and JOIN us to hear Congressman Jim Clyburn, Majority Whip, as he addresses the Princeton Prize in Race Relations awardees and their families. Please REGISTER NOW.


The Princeton Prize in Race Relations Committee of Washington, DC
invites you to a reception honoring the region's awardees and their
families on Wed., May 26 at 6 pm. Event is co-sponsored by PCW.

Washington, DC is a founding city for the Princeton Prize, and the Princeton Prize
itself is now awarded in 23 cities nationwide.

KEYNOTE SPEECH: Congressman James Clyburn (D-South Carolina),
who will address the gathering.  Register via info below (IN RED).

EVENT: Princeton Prize in Race Relations Reception
KEYNOTE: Congressman James E. Clyburn (D-South Carolina)
WHEN: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 6 pm
WHERE: Visitors Center - Room HVC-215
(Capitol Hill)
Metro: Union Station or Capitol South.
Parking: On Streets

PLEASE RSVP to David Marshall (at the Princeton Prize Committee) --

E: dmarshalljr959@gmail.com
T: 202-277-4090

Please register NOW to hear this exceptional speaker, and
to congratulate the students along with their families.


Congressman Jim Clyburn is the first South Carolinian and second
African American to serve as Majority Whip in the U.S. House of
Representatives. On November 16th, 2006, the House Democratic
Caucus unanimously elected him to the third ranking position in the House,
and he continues to serve in the post that is responsible for ensuring there
are enough votes to pass the legislative agenda in the Congress.

His humble beginnings as the eldest son of an activist fundamentalist
minister and an independent civic minded beautician grounded him
securely in family, faith and public service. He was elected president
of his NAACP youth chapter when he was 12 years old. As a student
leader at South Carolina State College he participated in many marches
and demonstrations, and was chosen as the star witness in a 1960
Orangeburg civil disobedience case. That case developed from the
arrest of 388 college students -- two of whom were Jim and Emily England
of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, whom he met during that incarceration.

Jim and Emily married in 1961 and began their personal and professional
lives together in Charleston, South Carolina, he as a history teacher and
she as a librarian in the public school system. Jim later served as an
employment counselor, and director of two youth and community
development programs. In 1968, he became director of a migrant and
seasonal farm workers program.

Jim launched the pursuit of his lifelong dream to become an elected official
in 1970 running for the South Carolina House of Representatives. He went to
bed a 500-vote winner, and awoke a 500-vote loser. His measured reaction
to the loss caught the eye of the newly elected governor, John West. He
asked James, whom he dubbed "Jim," to join his administration making
him the first African American advisor to a South Carolina governor since
post Reconstruction.

After almost four years on his staff, Governor West appointed Jim South
Carolina Human Affairs Commissioner. It was a position he would hold
for almost 18 years earning Jim a reputation as a fair and firm mediator
and consensus builder. But when he ran for South Carolina Secretary of
State in 1978 and again in 1986, his lifelong dream continued to elude him.

In 1992, Jim resigned his position as Human Affairs Commissioner to run
for the United States Congress -- where no black South Carolinian had
served since 1897. This time he won the primary with 56 percent of the
vote and easily won the general election for South Carolina’s Sixth
Congressional District. Jim was sworn in as a member of the United
States House of Representatives in January 1993.

Congressman Clyburn was elected co-President of his freshman class,
and six years later, he was chosen unanimously as Chair of the Congressional
Black Caucus. In 2002, he was elected in a three-way race to serve as Vice
Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and in January 2006, his peers
elevated him to Chair of the Caucus.

In addition to serving as House Majority Whip, Congressman Clyburn also
serves as leader of the House Democrats’ Faith Working Group. The
Clyburns have three daughters, Mignon, Jennifer Clyburn Reed, and
Angela Clyburn Hannibal; two sons-in-law, Walter Reed and Cecil Hannibal;
and two grandchildren, Walter A Clyburn Reed and Sydney Alexis Reed.

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