'With the passing of Parren Mitchell, our nation has lost one of its most passionate champions of justice and equality. I offer my deepest condolences on behalf of all of my colleagues in the House to Congressman Mitchell's family, friends, and all who loved him.
'Growing up in
'In 1971, equality took a great leap forward when Parren Mitchell was sworn in as the first African American congressman from
'It is also a great testament to the leadership of Parren Mitchell that the organization he helped found - the Congressional Black Caucus - continues to serve as the conscience of the Congress and increase its ranks to the benefit of all Americans. I am sure Mr. Mitchell is looking down upon us today and that he is pleased that so many CBC members are here to honor him today.
'Across the 85 years of Parren Mitchell's life - in his own story and the story of
'For that service to his country, I am proud to present to Michael Mitchell this American flag, which was flown in honor of Congressman Parren Mitchell. It is a fitting tribute for a man who spent his life fighting for the ideals that are represented by the Stars and Stripes.
'With Congressman Mitchell's passing, we have lost a friend, a former colleague, and a passionate advocate for seeing that