Promoting the Legacy of ‘Senator No’
The Pope Foundation’s new Grantee Profile focuses on the Jesse Helms Center:
No compendium of influential conservatives from the 20th century is complete without “Senator No” — Jesse Helms.
First elected in 1972 to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Senate, Helms was a mainstay of the conservative movement over the following three decades. He aided President Ronald Reagan and others in battling communism abroad and favored free markets and traditional values at home.
Never far from controversy, Helms was heralded by the political right and demonized by the political left. Yet both sides agreed on one thing: Helms always was true to his principles.
2013 marks the 40th anniversary of Helms being sworn in as a U.S. senator. Even four decades later, his impact continues to be felt. Furthering that impact, and preserving his legacy, is the mission ofthe Jesse Helms Center, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
Headquartered just outside Charlotte, North Carolina, the Jesse Helms Center’s purpose is to promote traditional American values and the principles upon which our nation was founded. This is accomplished through education, public policy promotion, and historical preservation, with a special emphasis on reaching young people.
That youth-centric mission is meant to honor the legacy, and the memory, of Sen. Helms, who passed away on July 4, 2008.