File #: 181072    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 12/6/2018 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 12/6/2018
Title: Honoring Odath Baker on his 102nd Birthday and Congratulating him for his stellar voting record.
Sponsors: Council President Clarke, Councilmember Greenlee
Attachments: 1. Signature18107200.pdf
Honoring Odath Baker on his 102nd Birthday and Congratulating him for his stellar voting record.

WHEREAS, Odath Baker was born on December 6, 1916, one of twelve children, in Georgia. He never completed high school, but managed to make a living as a shoemaker, earning $19 a week in 1942, which he said was pretty good money at that time. Mr. Baker married his lovely wife on his 21st birthday and to their union were born three wonderful children. Mr. Baker is also blessed to have three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and

WHEREAS, Odath Baker and his family moved to North Bailey Street in Philadelphia in 1945. At that time, he was the only African-American homeowner on the block. He was employed for (4) four decades at the Campbell Soup Company and he also worked for 10 years as a Crossing Guard. A pillar of his community, Mr. Baker served as a Committee Person for five years. He was well-known as a political activist and spreading the word to "Get out and vote."; and

WHEREAS, Having reached this magnificent milestone, Odath Baker now qualifies for official induction into the Centenarian Corps d'Elite, radiating the same charm and warmth that has been his constant companions through 102 birthdays; and

WHEREAS, Odath Baker has lived through times of war and peace, depression, economic recovery, the era of the baby boom, space shuttles and the information highway. In addition, he has been privileged to witness incredible advancements in travel, technology, social change and the election of the first Black President of the United States, Barack Obama; and

WHEREAS, Odath Baker has contributed most significantly during the past 102 years in his own special way as a productive individual, possessing all of those wonderful characteristics that make the world a better place; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, That we hereby honor and congratulate Mr. Odath Baker on the memorable occas...

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