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JFK Award Presented Sunday
Sunday, 04 May 2014

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Former Uvalda Mayor Paul Bridges (R) accepts the Profile In Courage Award from Jack Schlossberg, grandson of President John F. Kennedy, Jr., in ceremonies Sunday morning in Boston.

May 3--  The former mayor of Uvalda was honored for political courage for publicly opposing a Georgia law on immigration, a portion of which was later struck down by a federal court ruling.

Paul Bridges was a party to the lawsuit and received the award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

In presenting the award, Jack Schlossberg said, "Paul Bridges courageous small town stand symbolizes the type of courage my grandfather most admired.  He wrote, 'A man does what he must.  In spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures, and that is the basis of all human morality.'  It is my honor to present the 2014 John Kenndy Profile in Courage Award to Paul W. Bridges."

Surrounded by people he said folks like him only read about or see on television, the former mayor called for action on immigration policy.

"There are two things I want to leave you with.  First, how profoundly grateful I am that you bestowed this national honor, the Nobel Prize of public service, on me.

"Secondly, that we as a nation can no longer leave hardworking, family oriented, God-fearing people to walk in the shadows or to live in the terror of losing a loved one to deportation.  

"We must allow those who put food on every American dinner table the opportunity of upward movement.  We must find a way and we must find a way now.  

"Dr. King said, 'We will have to repent in this generation, not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.'" 

 
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