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Congresswoman Adams Announces House Passage Of Her Legislation To Name Winston-Salem Post Office After Maya Angelou

Mar 1, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Alma S. Adams’ (NC-12) legislation to name a Winston-Salem post office after Dr. Maya Angelou, passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives with a vote of 371 to 9. The legislation, H.R. 3735, would rename the Center City post office located at 200 Town Run Lane in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to that of the Maya Angelou Memorial Post Office. Winston-Salem was Dr. Angelou’s primary residence and final resting place. She called Winston-Salem home for more than 30 years. Congresswoman Adams introduced the legislation in October and it passed out of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in December. Aside from several of Congresswoman Adams’ amendments that have passed the U.S. House of Representatives, this is Congresswoman Adams’ first bill to pass the full House. It now heads to the Senate for a vote.

“I’m pleased my legislation to name the Center City post office in Winston-Salem after Dr. Maya Angelou has passed the full House,” said Congresswoman Alma Adams. “Dr. Maya Angelou helped break racial and gender barriers. She will continue to inspire for generations to come. This legislation is one way to honor her lifelong legacy in Winston-Salem, a community she loved. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to swiftly pass this legislation so that it can be signed into law.”

The legislation is cosponsored by every member of the North Carolina congressional delegation: Representatives G.K. Butterfield (NC-01), Renee Ellmers (NC-2), Walter B Jones (NC-3), David Price (NC-4), Virginia Foxx (NC-5), Mark Walker (NC-6), David Rouzer (NC-7), Richard Hudson (NC-8), Robert Pittenger (NC-9), Patrick T McHenry (NC-10), Mark Meadows (NC-11), George Holding (NC-13).

Congresswoman Adams spoke on the House Floor today to call for passage of H.R. 3735. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery: 

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today during a special month – Women’s History Month - to urge for the passage of H.R. 3735, legislation to honor the life of Dr. Maya Angelou, an African-American woman who broke barriers and served as an inspiration for so many, young and old.

“My legislation, H.R. 3735, designates the Center City postal facility at 200 Town Run Lane in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as the Maya Angelou Memorial Post Office.

“Dr. Maya Angelou was a distinguished author, writer, poet and activist which earned her renowned success and over 80 honorary degrees.  She became the first nonfiction best-selling African-American female author for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and was the first African-American woman to have a script filmed for the 1972 movie Georgia, Georgia, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

“In addition to her literary success, Dr. Angelou became a prolific academic. In 1981, she moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which I am proud to represent. She accepted the Lifetime William Neal Reynolds Professorship of American Studies at Wake Forest University and went on to serve there for over 30 years.

“Dr. Angelou received many accolades throughout her lifetime, including three Grammys for spoken word albums and two NAACP Image Awards. Her work has become the crown of American literature and has been recognized by Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.  In 2010, President Barack Obama presented her with our nation’s highest civilian honor: the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“Winston-Salem was Dr. Maya Angelou’s home and final resting place.  Renaming this postal facility in her honor is a small, yet thoughtful way to recognize her influence and celebrate her life in the community she so deeply loved.

“Dr. Maya Angelou understood the importance of history. She was historic in her own right. She understood who she was. She understood her history. She understood her struggles. And in her own words she said: “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”

“Mr. Speaker, it is my hope that my colleagues will join me in voting favorably to pass H.R. 3735 so that we can rename the Center City Postal Facility in Winston-Salem after Dr. Maya Angelou, one of our country's greatest writers, inspirational thought leaders and an overall phenomenal woman. I yield back.”