World Leaders, Politicians, Celebrities and Educators Will Attend CBCF Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. on September 21-24, 2005
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator Barak Obama, Kofi Annan, Donna Brazile, Harry Belafonte, Alfre Woodard, Diddy, Vivica A. Foxx and Bob Johnson are just a few luminaries appearing at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 35th Annual Legislative Conference.
Washington, DC (PRWEB) September 20, 2005
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 35TH Annual Legislative Conference promises to be an incredible event, bringing together some of the country's top leaders and today's most extraordinary figures. Themed UnityÂ PowerÂ Progress the conference is co-chaired by Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Danny K. Davis (D-IL) with Jamie Foxx serving as the official ambassador. In a year when the nation is remembering hallmark episodes in history like the anniversaries of the Voting Rights Act and "Bloody Sunday" and now the unspeakable tragedies of Hurricane Katrina, the CBCF has determined to make their 2005 conference reflect the magnitude of this unforgettable moment in time.
With 76 panel discussions and numerous ancillary activities, the mega conference features a host of notables that reads like a who's who in America. On Wednesday, September 21, 2005, the first day of events opens with a press conference that leads into a day of issue forums covering topics such as, creating sustainable wealth with Reverend Floyd Flake and voting and civil rights with Donna Brazile. The Welcome Ceremony will set the stage for the events to follow with two highly anticipated keynote addresses by powerhouse speakers Senator Barack Obama and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. That same evening while CBC Spouses honor Debbie Allen and the legendary Ruby Dee, the ALC co-chairs will host a candlelight vigil on behalf of survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
Thursday's Town Hall Meeting to address eradicating poverty presenting a stacked panel that includes Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator Barack Obama, Dr. Ben Carson, historian Henry Louis Gates, the National Urban League's Marc Morial, and others who will join moderators Harry Belafonte and Dr. Charles Ogletree. Emerging Leaders will participate in innovative offerings like The Instant Apprentice, a speed-networking "power lunch" with Congressman Charles Rangel, numerous executives and CEOs from major corporations and real-life Apprentice Omarosa. A host of other panel discussions will occur throughout the day, one on rebuilding Katrina-affected communities with Ron Dellums.
Friday, September 23, 2005, is a peak day. Standout sessions include Congressman Donald Payne's foreign affairs braintrust, which features United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. Rep. Charles Rangel's Iraq War panel is expected to provide an interesting mix of views from Kweisi Mfume, Al Sharpton, and "Peace Mom" Cindy Sheehan. Rep. Christensen's panel on the children of Hurricane Katrina features Marian Wright Edelman, and Rep. Maxine Waters again holds her finger to the pulse of the hip hop generation with her "Young, Gifted, and Black" session that has long been a conference favorite. Also appearing in Friday's panels are Louis Stokes, Eva Clayton, and Essence Magazine's Susan Taylor. That evening, the CBC Spouses' incomparable Fashion Show will present Diddy with a special fashion award. Celebrity runway models include actresses Vivica Fox and Tischina Arnold and Big Boi of the popular duo Outkast.
Saturday, September 24, begins with the Annual Prayer Breakfast attended by displaced citizens of Hurricane Katrina. A string of sessions will follow, including a faith leaders discussion with Minister Louis Farrakhan; Congresswoman Gwen Moore's panel on African American advancement with motivational speaker Les Brown, and Emerging Leaders series Me, Inc., a self-brand how-to guide with Congressman Elijah Cummings. The Annual Awards Dinner this year will honor BET head, Debra Lee and a posthumous award will be accepted by Linda Johnson Rice on behalf of her father, late publishing icon, John H. Johnson. Actress Alfre Woodward will be one of the emcees on hand. This final evening of the conference will be topped off with a major charity gala with proceeds going toward the relief efforts in the aftermath of Katrina. A host of entertainers and performers will also appear throughout the conference.
The Annual Legislative Conference raises funds for CBCF's scholarship, fellowship, and internship programs as well as its home-buying, African globalism and public health initiatives. The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit educational and research institution established in 1976 to promote collaboration among community and business leaders and organized labor to effect positive and sustainable change in the African-American community and African Diaspora. For registration and more information about ALC log on to www.2005ALC. com or call 202-263-2800.
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