Thursday, January 31, 2013

House Refuses to Honor Black Official Who Won't Pledge Allegiance to the Flag

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Henri Brooks
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The state House refused to honor Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks today with a resolution as one of "12 Who Made a Difference," an annual list of community leaders by the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

The resolution's sponsor, Rep. Larry Miller, D-Memphis, said some members of the House's white Republican supermajority opposed honoring Brooks because she refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance when she served in the legislature. Brooks left the House seven years ago. It probably also didn't help that Brooks is an outspoken black woman who wears her hair in dreadlocks. Miller postponed the vote on the resolution after learning it would have lost.

"I knew what it was — the fact that Henri, as far as I'm concerned is a very effective legislator but some of the things she did that a number or people disagreed with, like not pledging allegiance to the flag. I guess that's something they remember," Miller said.

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