Congress honors Isaac Hayes as ‘humanitarian’

— The House quickly passed a resolution honoring the late Isaac Hayes of Memphis as a “passionate humanitarian” late Wednesday by a voice vote, but no one told the bill’s sponsors until this afternoon.

U.S. Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., co-sponsored the measure last week but obligations in Memphis, including a funeral, prevented Cohen from speaking in favor of House Resolution 1425 during Monday’s debate. He made up for his absence Tuesday with a floor speech.

Hayes died at his home in East Shelby County on Aug. 10 at 65.

Cohen praised “Black Moses,” describing his work in cotton fields and schooling at Manassas High School.

“As John Lennon said, ‘before Elvis, there was nothing,’ but after Elvis, there was Isaac Hayes,” Cohen said.

In her remarks Monday, Blackburn said: “Memphis has contributed so much to our state and, indeed, to this country. Perhaps their greatest contribution has been the unique ‘Memphis Sound’…We stand on the floor today to celebrate the life of the man who gave that music its soul, Isaac Hayes.” (SOURCE)

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