Washington D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) issued the following statement on the passing of Dr. Emily Clyburn:

“Sara and I are heartbroken to hear of the passing of Dr. Emily Clyburn. We are all offering our condolences and prayers for our friend James Clyburn, their daughters Mignon, Jennifer, and Angela, their extended family, and all those whose lives Emily touched.

“Emily was an unstoppable force of good in this world – her fight for civil rights and equality, her service to the community as a librarian, and her efforts raising tens of thousands of dollars to help send students to college are just a few examples of a long list of how she profoundly impacted the lives of those around her. Her life, her work, and her steadfast commitment to helping others sets an example for us all to strive to emulate.

“My colleagues and I join the Clyburn family in mourning the loss of Emily, and we hope they find comfort in each other sharing stories, honoring her memory, and celebrating her life and legacy.”