For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 19, 2001
Statement by the President
Today I Have Signed Into Law H.R. 2133, to Create the "brown V. Board
of Education 50th Anniversary Commission." the Commission Will Advise The
Secretary of Education on Activities to Help Celebrate One of the Most
Important Decisions Ever Issued by the U.S. Supreme Court -- the Decision
That Recognized the Constitutional Right to Freedom From Racial
Discrimination in Our Public Schools. Establishing a Commission to Help
Celebrate the Decision Is Particularly Appropriate as We Work to Secure
Passage by the Congress of My Administration's Educational Initiatives, So
that we leave no child behind.
Consistent with the requirements of the
Appointments Clause of the Constitution, I welcome the participation,
in an advisory capacity on the commission, of representatives of the
Judiciary; the Brown Foundation for Education Equity, Excellence, and
Research; the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; and the Brown v.
Board of Education National Historic Site in the activities of the
commission. While the Constitution does not permit them to
participate in the performance of executive functions, their advice
will be crucial to the effective functioning of the
commission. As I exercise my constitutional power of
appointment to name 11 members of the commission, under the
Appointments Clause and the enabling legislation, I welcome, as a
matter of comity, the suggestions of the congressional leadership for
I look forward to the national celebration
in 2004 of the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in
Brown v. Board of Education.
GEORGE W. BUSH
THE WHITE HOUSE,
September 18, 2001.
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