Speeches and Floor Statements

Honoring the Extraordinary Life of Maggie Katie Brown Kidd, Georgia's Oldest Living Resident

Today Congressman David Scott provided the following Extension of Remarks for the Congressional Record to celebrate the life and legacy of Riverdale resident Maggie Katie Brown-Kidd: 

Madame Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of an extraordinary Georgian, of Ms. Maggie Katie Brown-Kidd. 

Ms. Kidd, the youngest of 12 children, was born on December 8, 1904, to William and Lucy Brown. While she spent much of her life living and working on her family’s farm in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, she was most recently a resident of the city of Riverdale, Georgia, which I have the honor of representing here in Congress. She was the oldest living resident of the State of Georgia, the oldest African American person in the United States, and the tenth oldest person in the world.

Ms. Kidd was a lifetime member of the Frank Bailey Senior Center in Clayton County, in which the recreation room has been dedicated in her honor. She was deputized as an honorary sheriff and served as the Grand Marshall in the City of Riverdale’s 2017 Christmas Parade. In March of this year, the Georgia House of Representatives held a ceremony in her honor to recognize and celebrate her 114 years of life.

Ms. Kidd witnessed a dramatic change in the world over the course of her long life, and through her selfless service to her family and local community, she has made Riverdale and the overall Georgia community a better place.

Ms. Kidd inspired many throughout her life by sharing her kindness, wisdom, and concern for her fellow citizens. We have lost an example of moral integrity and unending love. It is fitting and proper to reflect and commemorate Ms. Kidd’s contribution to our community.

Madame Speaker, I ask that you join me in offering our sincerest condolences to Ms. Kidd’s family and friends. She will be greatly missed.

May God continue to bless the family of Ms. Maggie Katie Brown-Kidd.