The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation held their 46th Annual Legislative Conference September 14-18, 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The conference began with the CBCF Professional Development Series in Cooperation with the National Medical Association. Workshops were held throughout the week including Health and Wellness Luncheon sessions, CPAR Future Focus Series, Policy Sessions, Exhibits/ Vendors, Sojourner Truth Legacy Project Town Hall, CBC Spouses 20th Annual Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts and much more.
On Thursday, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) held their Leadership Reception honoring Rep. G. K. Butterfield, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Ben Chavis, President of National Newspaper Publishers Association.
Among the honorees were Congressman Charles Rangel , Jeh Charles Johnson and Eleanor Holmes Norton.
Rangel representing the 13th District of New York is the second-longest currently serving member of the House of Representatives, serving continuously since 1971. Congressman Rangel will retire at the end of this term. Jeh Charles Johnson is an American civil and criminal trial lawyer, and the current United States Secretary of Homeland Security. He was the General Counsel of the Department of Defense from 2009 to 2012 during the first Obama Administration. Eleanor Holmes Norton is a Delegate to the United States Congress representing the District of Columbia since 1991.
The conference culminated with the 46th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner. With over a thousand in attendance, the Dinner was the highlight of the conference. Trevor Noah, Host of the Daily Show with Trevor Noah served as Master of Ceremony. Dr. Clarence Knight and the Clarence Knight Orchestra provided the music for the evening.
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards Dinner honors these awardees for their exceptional contributions to our communities, our culture and our nation. This year’s awardees are outstanding examples of the difference we can all make to better our world. The CBCF Chair’s Phoenix Awardees are Robert F. Smith, Founder and CEO, Vista Equity Partners and the Emanuel Nine of Charleston, S.C. The Barbara Jordan Phoenix Award was presented to the Honorable Marcia L. Fudge, U.S. House of Representatives. The CBC Founders Phoenix Award was presented to the Honorable Charles B. Rangel, Co-Founder, Congressional Black Caucus and U.S. House of Representatives. The Trailblazer Phoenix Award was presented to the Honorable Hillary Clinton, Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic Nominee for President of the U.S. President Barak Obama delivered the Keynote Address urging Black voters to rally for Hillary Clinton. President Obama made it clear that if the African-American community do not turn out for the presidential election and support Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, he’s taking it personally. In his final keynote address to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Saturday night President Obama said his name may not be on the ballot, but issues of importance to the black community were. Therefore we MUST VOTE in November.