Davis Congratulates Teresa Haley on National NAACP Award
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today congratulated Teresa Haley, President of the Springfield NAACP, on receiving the Activist of the Year Award at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards last week during Black History Month. Davis has worked with Haley on bringing national recognition to the 1908 Race Riot Site in Springfield.
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Davis' written remarks:
I rise today to congratulate Teresa Haley who was honored as the Activist of the Year at the NAACP Image Awards last week.
Teresa is the president of her local NAACP branch in Springfield, Illinois as well as first female president of the NAACP Illinois State Conference.
She has worked tirelessly to advocate for the black community in Springfield and issues critical to NAACP members nationwide.
I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Teresa in an effort to bring national recognition to the 1908 Race Riot Site in Springfield by declaring the site a national monument.
Ultimately the riots that occurred at the site played an integral role in the formation of the NAACP in 1909 – just a year after the race riots in Springfield.
I am proud to recognize Teresa’s fearless leadership and I look forward to continuing to work with her to bring this national recognition to Springfield.
Congratulations, Teresa, on this prestigious honor. We're proud of you.