Capucine Holmes reports from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 45th Annual Legislative Conference.
America’s modern-day history makers came out in numbers for the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Foundation’s 45th Annual Legislative Conference — dispensing wisdom, strategizing for the upcoming elections, and making plans for the future. Among those in attendance: Rev. Jesse Jackson, Reps. John Lewis, Charles Rangel and James Clyburn, attorney Benjamin Crump, Rev. William Barber and many more.
The dialogue was powerful — laser-focused on an agenda that speaks to the lives of people who are experiencing struggles and injustice. There were four days of sessions covering politics, education, business, health, youth, family, healthcare, criminal justice and much more. Nevada was discussed as a state to focus on in November, in the movement to make sure African-Americans get to the polls and make a difference in the presidential election.
President Obama made it clear: “If you want to honor my legacy, then get out and vote.” It was a statement that resonated with the more than 2,000 people in attendance at the Congressional Black Caucus Phoenix Awards Gala. This was a monumental moment in history — President Obama last CBC speech as the occupant of the Oval Office. It embodied the spirit of a conference that uplifts, inspires, and motivates.