Carson, a Democrat, was first elected to Congress in 1996. She championed children’s issues, women’s rights and efforts to reduce homelessness, and was a staunch opponent of the war in Ira. . . . .
Carson opposed the war in Iraq and told hundreds of people at a rally in downtown Indianapolis just weeks before the 2003 invasion that it was an act of aggression only to protect U.S. oil interests.
“Truly, it is all in the name of greed and truly in the name of war,” she said. “We should have learned by the Vietnam War, but we did not.
“My mother dropped out of school when she was in the second grade. She lost her own mother when she was only four years of age — and for someone like me to be able to walk life’s journey into the halls of the United States Congress, as an elected member of that body, it’s most overwhelming…”
Her mother, Velma Porter, dropped out of school in the second grade. The second grade! I did some figuring and it would appear that Ms Porter attended school in 1928, 1929, 1930 – somewhere in there. What wast the equivalent of a second grade education in 1928-1930? Rudimentary skills in reading. How about math, basic arithmetic? I would bet the education Julia’s mother received was that which blacks received in the segregated ‘south,’ specifically Kentucky, of 1928-1930, although in Kentucky where Carson’s mother was raised, Jim Crow laws provided ‘separate but equal textbooks’ and ‘equal but separate accommodations to be provided on all public carriers.’ Enforcement of that statue was the key. I’m of the mind it took awhile.
Carson’s mother, Velma Porter, was 16 years old when she gave birth to Julia. It seems one underestimated, incredible woman gave rise to another fantastic woman who was the tireless champion for those who were in sore need of one – the poor.
The Indianapolis Star has a tribute page for Julia Carson complete with videos of the speakers.
Page with condolences from the U.S. President, fellow congressional members, political opponents and allies, and the citizens of her district and elsewhere who found in her a champion.
Carson at Rosa Parks’ funeral, Nov. 2, 2005