dotsCongressional Black Caucus Annual Conference 2017 – “And Still I Rise”

Published on October 1, 2017 by Sonya's Spotlight

image001The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) and Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) kicked off the 47th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), September 20-24, 2017 in the Nation’s Capitol.

This year’s Annual Legislative Conference theme, “And Still I Rise,” highlighted key events and activities including the highly-anticipated National Town Hall, focusing on, ‘Fighting the Systemic Destruction of our Civil Rights”; the Prayer Breakfast, headlined by Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Pastor Shirley Caesar and feature keynote speaker Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr.; the Phoenix Awards dinner featuring keynote speaker Dr. Michael Eric Dyson; and a host of forums and sessions with topics including civic engagement, civil rights, foreign affairs and national security, and CBCF core pillars: education, health and wellness, economic empowerment and the environment.

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Author, Actress & Publisher of Sonya’s Spotlight, Sonya Jenkins.


Sean Combs shares his experiences with his “Combs Enterprise Panel”, at “The Tremendous Contributions of Hip Hop to the U.S. Economy & Wealth Building” forum.  Photo Credit – Congressional Black Caucus Foundation via Facebook


Angela Rye and Cory Booker hosting a live podcast with discussions on the State of our Nation. Booker encourages listeners to read “Why Innocent People Plead Guilty.” Photo.Credit / Congressional Black Caucus Foundation via Facebook


Keynote Speaker for Phoenix Awards Dinner, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. Photo.Credit / Congressional Black Caucus Foundation via Facebook


Congressman John Lewis (middle). Photo.Credit / Congressional Black Caucus Foundation via Facebook


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More Photos from Sonya Jenkins in the Authors Pavilion and the National Newspaper Publishers Association Soirée.


Author Sonya Jenkins and former NASA Astronaut and Author Leland D. Melvin


Atlanta’s First Lady, Sarah Elizabeth Reed, Author/Actress Sonya Jenkins, Love & Hip Hop New York Alum Amina Buddafly – Authors Pavilion.



Sonya Jenkins – Authors Pavilion and National Newspaper Publishers Association event.


Panelists – Love, Relationships & Transparency – Authors Showcase.

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The ALC is the leading policy conference on issues impacting African Americans and the global black community. The conference features nearly 100 public policy forums on health, education, economic empowerment, the environment, and more. Signature events and features include the National Town Hall, Celebration of Leadership in Fine Arts, Community Breakfast and Health Fair, Gospel Extravaganza, Black Party, Prayer Breakfast, Exhibit Showcase, and the culminating event, the Phoenix Awards Dinner.

This year’s theme, “And Still I RISE” reflects a legacy of resilience that emphasizes the collective strength of the black community to rise above continued racial inequalities. Sign up to receive the e-newsletter and follow the CBCF on social media using hashtag, #CBCFALC17 for updates.

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The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF), established in 1976, is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and educational institute, committed to advancing the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public.


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