In Honor and Recognition of Dr. William Henry 'Bill' Cosby Jr.

In Honor and Recognition of Dr. William Henry 'Bill' Cosby Jr.  (2009) 
by Dennis Kucinich

In Honor and Recognition of Dr. William Henry 'Bill' Cosby Jr., Congressional Record, Volume 155, Number 186 (Friday, December 11, 2009). Extensions of Remarks. Page E2965.

In Honor and Recognition of Dr. William Henry 'Bill' Cosby Jr.

In Honor and Recognition of Dr. William Henry 'Bill' Cosby Jr.



Friday, December 11, 2009

Mr. KUCINICH. Madam Speaker, I rise today in honor and recognition of Dr. William Henry "Bill" Cosby Jr.--a husband, a father, a renowned entertainer, and an activist who has recently been selected to receive the Kennedy Center's 12th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. His contributions as an author, writer, actor, singer, comedian, and television producer span every facet of the entertainment industry and his work is beloved around the world.

In 1961, Mr. Cosby was the first African American to win the coveted Emmy award for his work on the TV show, "I Spy." Since then, Mr. Cosby has garnered numerous awards for excellence in the performing arts including the Golden Globe, a People's Choice award, and Grammy and Emmy awards. His natural comedic talent was first noticed in college when he attended Temple University and worked as a bartender. His quick wit and laid-back style easily drew others to him, including the legendary producer and director Carl Reiner. During his successful career in entertainment, Mr. Cosby remained committed to education, eventually earning a doctorate degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Mr. Cosby is a rare comedic genius. He is intelligent, creative and never relies on profanity. His popular stand-up comedy performances are drawn from personal experiences such as a childhood spent on the streets of Philadelphia and his experiences as husband and a father. His thought provoking performances feature themes of family, love and human fallibilities. In addition to stand-up, his work in television is well known. He worked on hits including the "Electric Company," the animated comedy "Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids" and starred as Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, the affable, educated and loving father on the hit comedy "The Cosby Show." Mr. Cosby's work explored challenging family issues softened by comedy. His impact on children and young adults is immeasurable. Even today, Dr. Huxtable continues to be the most beloved television father of all time. Moreover, Mr. Cosby continues to be a mentor and voice of empowerment in urban and black communities. He uplifts and inspires young and old through public forums, music, humor and song. He continues to educate and encourage involvement based on the principles of family unity, community involvement and personal responsibility.

Madam Speaker, please join me in honor and recognition of Dr. William Henry "Bill" Cosby. Mr. Cosby's brilliant artistry, unwavering activism and volunteer spirit continue to lighten hearts and enlighten minds by bringing hope and laughter to millions. Mr. Cosby has made and continues to make our nation and our world a better place.

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