Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. Announces its 2004 Annual Legislative Conference

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The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation will present the 2004 Annual Legislative Conference (CBCF-ALC) Wednesday, September 8 thru Saturday, September 11, 2004 at the new Convention Center in Washington, DC. Congressional members Stephanie Tubbs Jones (Ohio, 11th District) and Kendrick B. Meek (Florida – 17th District) will co-chair this years’ conference. Bill Cosby, Jamie Foxx and Dick Gregory among Hi-Profile participants in this years' ALC. The 2004 ALC theme is: “Defining the Moment and the Movement” and is expected to be the best conference ever in this important election year.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) today announced highlights of its 34th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), to be held September 8th through 11th at the state-of-the-art Washington D.C. Convention Center.

The theme of this year’s conference, “Defining The Moment and The Movement,” is hailed as a call to action for the Foundation’s constituency, urging all to recommit themselves to the challenges of uplifting their communities.

According to CBCF President Weldon J. Rougeau this event will have a significance beyond its normal focus. “Our constituents will be coming together at ALC during an extraordinary point in our history. As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1954 Supreme Court Decision in Brown vs. Board of Education and the 40th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, we must recommit to the promise of these two great acts of civil litigation. The sessions we have planned for this ALC speak to the urgency of our task."

The array of Braintrusts and Issue Forums is extensive, covering a number of topics on economic development and wealth-building, health, education, and criminal justice. “This is a forum that allows everyday citizens to examine these issues and communicate face-to-face with Members of Congress, well-known political and business leaders, and people from the entertainment and sports industry,” said CBCF Chairman William J. Jefferson (D-LA). “We urge all of our constituents to take advantage of this unique opportunity to interact with policy makers and influence the decisions most important in their lives,” he continued.

CBCF boasts a number of confirmed speakers of national stature for this year’s event, including: Illinois State Senator and Democratic Party nominee to the U.S. Senate, The Honorable Barack Obama (D-IL); Dr. David Satcher, President of Morehouse School of Medicine; actor/activist Mr. Danny Glover; media mogul Russell Simmons of the “Hip Hop Action network; actor/author Bill Cosby, former US Ambassador Andrew Young, and actor / comedian, Jamie Foxx.

Of particular interest this year are the session skewed for a younger audience called, The Black Party: An Emerging Leaders Affair, and the impending Hip Hop Team Vote Voter Registration Rally. Both events are designed to increase the sense of civic responsibility among young people.

Finally, the CBCF will end its gathering with the Annual Awards Dinner, a gathering of more than 3,000 that has attracted the attention of President George W. Bush and Democratic Presidential nominee, John F. Kerry. CBCF urges people to register early for this year’s event by visiting the Web site at http://www.cbcfinc.org, or by calling (202) 263-2800.

The Annual Legislative Conference is the premier annual event for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF), which supports the creation and administration of innovative programs addresses issues critical to the well-being and advancement of African Americans and the African Diaspora. CBCF, which is located in Washington, D.C. CBCF was established in 1976 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and educational institute that educates future leaders and promotes collaboration among community and business leaders and organized labor to effect positive and sustainable change in the African-American community. Learn more about the work of CBCF by visiting the official Web site at http://www.cbcfinc.org.

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