TITLE: Rep. Jim Clyburn Delivers the 2009 Keynote Address for African American History Month
SPEAKER: Jim Clyburn
EVENT DATE: 02/04/2009
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 47 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
In recognition of African American History Month, Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) Majority Whip of the House, delivered the Library's 2009 keynote address.
The 2009 theme for the month was Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas. This year's celebration coincided with the centenary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The Library holds more than five million records of the NAACP, which is the largest single collection ever acquired by the institution.
Speaker Biography: Rep. Jim Clyburn has represented the sixth congressional district of South Carolina since 1993. House Majority Whip in the 110th and 111th Congresses, Clyburn is the third ranking Democrat in the House behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. Born in Sumter, S.C., Clyburn graduated from South Carolina State College (now South Carolina State University) with a bachelor's degree in history. He joined the staff of Gov. John West of South Carolina in 1971 and became the state's Human Affairs Commissioner in 1971. He resigned from that position to devote his full attention to pursuing his lifelong dream of serving in the U.S. Congress, where no black South Carolinian had served since 1897. Clyburn began his steady climb on Capitol Hill in 1993, winning election as co-president of the freshman class. Six years later, he was unanimously elected chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and to a seat on the coveted Appropriations Committee. 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 unanimously elevated him to chair of the Caucus and Majority Whip for the 110th Congress.