Earl Shinhoster Post Office Designation
November 30, 2001
Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (GA-4th) is pleased to announce today's passage of legislation designating the Earl T. Shinhoster Post Office in the U.S. Senate. Congresswoman McKinney introduced legislation to designate the Post Office at 2853 Candler Road, Decatur, Georgia after the late-Earl T. Shinhoster on June 20, 2001. The legislation also passed the House of Representatives on October 16, 2001.
"The designation of this Post Office is a fitting tribute to the legacy of Earl T. Shinhoster. Through his long and dedicated service with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), including 16 years as Southeast Regional Director and as national Executive Director of the organization, his activism to improve voter education and turn-out, and his efforts to assist and observe elections in Africa, Earl Shinhoster served his country and left the nation a better place than when he found it. As Earl lived and worked in Decatur, GA, this Post Office will serve as a reminder to his community, family and friends of the important work he committed his life to," Congresswoman McKinney stated.
"I am proud to have introduced this legislation to respect Mr. Shinhoster's lifelong work, and I greatly appreciate the work of Senator Max Cleland to usher this legislation through the Senate. While Congress is embroiled in so many contentious issues at this time, it is refreshing to know that we can still take time to remember and memorialize the work of dedicated citizens like Earl Shinhoster. I can only hope that this newly named post office will remind people of his struggle for civil rights, equality and the right to vote," McKinney concluded.
The bill will now go to President Bush for his signature, after which the Post Office will be designated the Earl T. Shinhoster Post Office.