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  C-Span – House Resolution 120 Coverage 2007 US Congress Historic Twin Resolutions Congressman Albio Sires (NJ) “2/7/2007 -Sires Hails Legislation Declaring African-American Spirituals A National Treasure Rep. Sires congratulates Jersey City resident Calvin Earl for his artistic contribution” ” Congressman Sires recognized Jersey City resident Calvin Earl in a speech he gave today on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of the resolution.  Mr. Earl, a musician and storyteller, has made it his life’s mission to educate others through entertainment about the rich history of the African American spirituals.”I congratulate Calvin Earl for devoting his talents to teaching an essential part of our country’s history.   I am proud to be able to contribute to this long overdue recognition,” said Congressman Sires.  “I am pleased the vote for this resolution took place during Black History Month when we recognize the valuable contributions of African Americans to our great nation.”The beauty of the African American spirituals and their messages enrich our lives, and will now be preserved for future generations,” said Congressman Sires.  Links to Articles on Historic Twin Resolutions Final Vote Results for Roll Call 79