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Senate | January 29, 2015 | Chamber | Session

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Senate will come to order. Sergeant of arms close the doors, members will go to their seats, members and guests in the gallery please silence all electronic devices. Leading the senate in prayer is Reverend Peter Millderson Chaplin. All members and guests in the gallery please stand. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Lets prey. Father we come here today so grateful for who you are, lord, and just incredible mercy on our lives. We don't deserve it. We don't deserve the grace that you distribute to us so beautifully. Lord we pray for these men and women that you've gathered before us, that you would give them patients and peace. That your love would truly come on their hearts and blanket them, shelter them, protect them from evil. Jesus, we're so grateful that we can come before you right now and pray in public in this space and we ask you to enter in to this place and bless us, bless these servants of the people of North Carolina to do your will in this state. It's in your name, Jesus, that we pray. Amen. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Bergers is recognized for motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President, the journal of Wednesday, January 28th 2015 has been examined and is found to be correct. I move that we dispense with the reading of the journal and that it stand approved as written. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Without objection the journal for January 28th stands approved as written. Senators we have leaves of absence granted today for senators Bingham, Stein, and Blue. We do have a nurse of the day with us today, Nurse Bonnie Davis of Charlotte, North Carolina. Nurse Davis please stand to be recognized. Thanks for your service to the senate. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Ratification of bills, clerk will read. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Enrolled bills, enrolling clerk reports the following resolution dully ratified, properly enrolled and prepared for the presentation to the office of secretary of state. Senate joint resolution four, a joint resolution informing his excellency Governor Pat McCrory, that the general assembly is organized and ready to proceed with public business and inviting the governor to address a joint session of the senate and house of representatives. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Well that was a long session. Do we have any notices or announcement for the day? Any notices or announcements? We have any further business to come before the senate? Senator Robinson, for what purpose do you rise? [SPEAKER CHANGES] For a senatorial statement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Robinson you have the floor for your statement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. President and I appreciate the opportunity to present this. If it's not out of order I'd ask the members of, who are graduates of North Carolina A&T University to stand with me. This senatorial statement honors the 55th anniversary of Greensboro who are sit-ins. You may remember the A&T Four and all of us who are products of that university hold dear to our hearts the remembrance of that occurrence and then all of the progress that has been made as a result. Where as on February 1, 1960, Ezell Blair Jr., David Richmond, Joseph McNeil and Franklin McCain, freshman at North Carolina A&T State University, boldly and courageously stood against obstinately resistant segregation in this country by sitting at the all white lunch counter at F.W. Woolworth Department Store in Greensboro, where as on the following days the determination, boldness of these young men forced them to return to the store along with other A&T students to sit at the counter, which drew widespread attention throughout the country and in the south, where as when the fourth president of A&T, Warmoth T. Gibbs was asked by Greensboro city leaders to preclude the students activities and keep them on

?? As he said " We teach our students how to think. Not what to think" . Allowing the demonstrations to continue. Whereas the anti four, said and fuelled the movement to desegregate public facilities in this country. That led sleep in in segregated motels, kneel ins in segregated churches and swim ins in segregated pools. Resulting in, more than seventy thousand people participating in similar demonstrations across the country, by august 1961. Whereas, the actions of these brave, young people were instrumental, in the adoption of anti discrimintory laws and policies, that have led to a more diverse nation. Whereas to acknowledge and honour, the sacrifices and actions of the anti students and , many others, activities have been planned to commerate the fifty fifth anniversary of the Greensboro sit in. Now therefore, the courageous and bold actions of those who participated in the Greensboro sit ins, deserve recognition on the fifty fifth anniversary of the Greensboro sit ins. So, I commend to you Senators the memory of those students, who were about nineteen years, not much more, but who had courage to go and say "Something's wrong with the system. So, we're gonna step forward, we're going to do something about it". I knew personally three of them, still know one of them, and others have family members connected. So we commend thus to you. We ask you to celebrate with us. And thank you for the opportunity. [ SPEAKER CHANGES] Senator Brown, for what purpose do you ask? [ SPEAKER CHANGES] An announcement. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Just a reminder. ?? Caucus imediatly after session. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Any other notices or announcements? Any other business to come before the senate? The chair recognised Senator Berger for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Mr. President. I move that the senate do not adjourn , subject to reading of senatorial statements, subject to the reading in of senatorial statements, to reconvene on Monday February second 2015, seven PM. Mr President if we could do that in honour of, I'm sorry got the four NCANT students. I think that would be the right thing to do. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you Senator. Motion that senate do not adjorn, subject to stipulation stated by Senator Berger to reconvene Monday February second at seven pm, seconded by Senator Heisall. All in favour say Aye. ?? Say no.The ayes gave. Senate stands adjourned.