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Bill Text: HR 9101
HR 9101 2003
1 House Resolution
2          A resolution honoring Jesse J. McCrary, Jr.
4          WHEREAS, born in Blitchton, Florida, the son of a Baptist
5    preacher, Jesse J. McCrary, Jr., lived his life according to the
6    principles he was taught from early childhood, and
7          WHEREAS, Jesse McCrary became active in America's civil
8    rights struggle in 1956, organizing sit-ins in Tallahassee while
9    he was a political science major at Florida Agricultural and
10    Mechanical University, the institution to which he returned
11    after serving an honorable stint in the United States Army and
12    from which he earned a law degree in 1965, and
13          WHEREAS, Jesse J. McCrary, Jr., was the first African
14    American to serve Florida as Assistant Attorney General; the
15    first African American to sit as a judge on the Industrial
16    Relations Commission for the state; and, as Secretary of State
17    under Governor Reubin Askew, the first African American since
18    Reconstruction to hold a cabinet position in Florida, and
19          WHEREAS, a preeminent authority on constitutional law,
20    Jesse McCrary has lectured extensively at prestigious law
21    schools throughout the country, has won 10 landmark cases
22    presented before the Florida Supreme Court, and, as the first
23    African American to plead on behalf of a southern state before
24    the United States Supreme Court, successfully argued Williams v.
25    State of Florida, a case that established the right to a jury of
26    less than 12 persons, and
27          WHEREAS, for more than 40 years, Jesse McCrary has served
28    his community, his state, and his nation with remarkable fervor
29    and distinction as an attorney, a civil rights and community
30    activist, a motivational speaker, a mentor, and a treasured
31    friend, NOW, THEREFORE,
33          Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of
34    Florida:
36          That the House of Representatives pauses in its
37    deliberations to pay homage to Jesse J. McCrary, Jr., a living
38    legend who has distinguished himself in his profession and given
39    of himself in the service of mankind.
40          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be
41    presented to Jesse J. McCrary, Jr., as a tangible token of the
42    sentiments expressed herein.