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90_HR0251 LRB9007315KBkb 1 HOUSE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of 3 Representatives are saddened to learn of the death of Homer 4 Randolph of East St. Louis, Illinois; and 5 WHEREAS, Homer Gracious Randolph was born in Logan 6 County, Oklahoma (Indian Territory) on August 3, 1906; his 7 parents were Allen Gracious Randolph and Shellie (Shirley) 8 Miller Randolph; Mr. Randolph attended schools in Logan 9 County, graduated from Langston University with a Bachelor of 10 Science degree, and served as Senior Class President in 1931; 11 Mr. Randolph was a Julius C. Rosenwald Fellow and attended 12 graduate schools at Iowa State University, the University of 13 Minnesota, Southern Illinois University, and Saint Louis 14 University, where he attained his Masters degree; and 15 WHEREAS, Homer Randolph married Katie Walker in 1934; 16 they were married for fifty-seven years until her death in 17 1991; and 18 WHEREAS, Homer Randolph was a member of the Pilgrim 19 Temple C.M.E. Church, where he served the Steward Board and 20 as a Sunday School teacher; Mr. Randolph was a mathematics 21 and chemistry teacher at Dunbar High School in Okmulgee, 22 Oklahoma; he later served as principal at Julius C. Rosenwald 23 High School in Henrietta, Oklahoma; after moving to East St. 24 Louis he taught electronics at Scott Air Force Base, operated 25 a record shop and television clinic, and taught at Lincoln 26 High School until his retirement; and 27 WHEREAS, Homer Randolph was an activist; he was a life 28 member of the N.A.A.C.P., where he served as chairman of the 29 Education Committee; he was the chairman and organizer of 30 C.O.R.E.; he served on the Board of Education for School 31 District 189; he was a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha 32 Fraternity and Langston University Alumni Association; for -2- LRB9007315KBkb 1 his community service, Homer Randolph received the "Pioneer 2 Award" in January of 1997 from the East St. Louis Martin 3 Luther King Celebration Committee; and 4 WHEREAS, Homer Randolph is survived by nieces, Goldie 5 Jackson, Shirley Bates, Janie Rucker, Thelma Coleman, Viola 6 Elie, and Alice Lawrence; and his nephews Isaac Milas, Roland 7 Austin, Isaac Austin, Calvin Murray, Randolph Murray, and Don 8 Murray; he is also survived by great nieces and nephews, 9 cousins, friends, and his former students; therefore, be it 10 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 11 NINETIETH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we 12 mourn, along with his family and friends, the death of Homer 13 Randolph; and be it further 14 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be 15 presented to the family of Homer Randolph.
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