Congressional Black Caucus Foundation shuts the door on discriminatory political climate

Lauren Poteat NNPA Washington Correspondent | 9/12/2018, 10:27 a.m.
Determined to make an aggressive difference in the midst of a very challenging political climate, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation ...
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For the first time in the foundation’s history, two senators — Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) and Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-California) — will serve as honorary co-chairs for the 48th ALC, which had historically, been chaired by members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

With more than 10,000 people expected to be attendance, engaged in networking and special events including the Exhibit Showcase with an on-site employment fair and free health screenings; the Prayer Breakfast; National Town Hall; Gospel Extravaganza; the Annual Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts (which honors the contributions of individuals in the performing and visual arts who have influenced our history and inspired generations) and the auspicious Phoenix Awards Dinner (which supports the CBCF’s mission-critical programs including education, economic development, health and research),” Lee hopes that individuals will leave believing that they can be “the Dream” that they want to see, especially among millennials.

“The CBCF works so hard and is so valuable to many,” Lee said. “We are not just a policy organization, but one that also focuses on leadership… Leadership for millennials, so that as they come through this world, they might also have access to power.”

“From the tone of the presidential campaign, to where the Klu Klux Klan makes their appearances regularly, to the deportation of hundreds of immigrants, to the ban on Muslims, to the children being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border—that is where the CBC steps in.”

“We come to the CBC to hear legislative next steps, advocacy and the benefit of thinking. We understand King’s dream and we appreciate the shoulders of the slaves, on which we stand. We are grounded in our history and appreciate the past, so that our children and our children’s children, might have a brighter future. This is an event you cannot afford to miss, as we leave you with a tool box to face the struggles of everyday society.”

To attend this year’s legislative conference, follow the link: CBCF ALC ‘18