CBCF to Honor Black Leaders in the Arts

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Artists Haki Madhubuti and Clarence Major to be honored during the Celebration of Leadership in Fine Arts Walt Disney is the title sponsor

WASHINGTON—The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) today announced it will honor two leaders in American fine arts, poets Haki Madhubuti and Clarence Major, during the 45th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). The event honoring these two distinguished artists is part of CBCF’s Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts, a program that raises scholarship funds for students pursuing visual and performing arts. It is taking place on Sept. 16th at Sidney Harmon Hall, 610 F Street, NW in Washington D.C. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 8:00 p.m.

"The cultural achievements and contributions of African-American artists are an inextricable part the American story,” said A. Shuanise Washington, the president and CEO of the CBCF. "Through the Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts, the CBCF and the CBC Spouses recognize artists whose creativity and ingenuity reflect the African-American experience while contributing to our nation’s wider culture. It is also our opportunity to support the next generation of young artists who desire to pursue their artistic gifts scholastically.”

“The CBC Spouses are proud that proceeds from this event will go toward providing scholarships for young emerging talent. They need our support to move the legacy of African-American art forward for generations to come," said event chair Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings. "We are pleased to connect our scholarship recipients to this year’s dynamic honorees.”

Poet Haki Madhubuti has published more than 20 books of poetry, nonfiction and critical essays. He is considered one of the leaders in the Black Arts Movement. Madhubuti created forums for black writers who were in need of resources to cultivate their work. He is the recipient of the American Book Award and the Broadside Press Outstanding Poet’s Award.

Artist Clarence Major is a world renowned poet and painter. Major was a finalist for the National Book Awards. He is the recipient of the National Council on the Arts, Fulbright and Western States Books Awards—to name a few. Major is a contributor to periodicals and anthologies in the U.S., Europe, South America and Africa.

To purchase tickets and register for the ALC, visit cbcfinc.org/alc. Media can register onsite at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Heineken is also a sponsor for this year’s event.


The ALC is the leading policy conference on issues impacting African Americans and the global black community. Lawmakers, business and civic leaders, celebrities, and concerned citizens attend the conference to partake in more than 70 public policy forums on health, education, economic empowerment, the environment, civic engagement, and the Exhibit Showcase. Signature events include the National Town Hall, Celebration of Leadership in Fine Arts, Gospel Extravaganza, Black Party, Prayer Breakfast, and the culminating event, the Phoenix Awards Dinner.

To learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact the resource development team at 202.263.2800.

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