Generations of children from now on will know that it was Bertram Baker who broke the color line in Brooklyn . . . Let the record of history show that I owe a debt of gratitude to Bertram Baker and that I acknowledge Bertram Baker for his greatness and his vision. May today be, not only a recognition of his greatness, but a sign that we will try our best to memorialize those who opened doors for me and others to take seats in legislative bodies and other offices, in Brooklyn and throughout New York State. May God bless him. May he rest in peace.