CBC Conference Returns to Capital and Welcomes Community

The Annual Legislative Conference will bring 18,000 congressional leaders and citizens to the District to discuss black community issues, and the D.C. community is invited.

Hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the 38th annual conference will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center this week. Elected officials, business and industry leaders, clergy, celebrities and citizens will discuss housing, health, education, criminal justice, economic development, and international affairs in more than 80 sessions.

“This is a great opportunity for constituents to have face time with the 42 Congressional Black Caucus members,” said Muriel Cooper, conference spokeswoman.. “The sessions are purposely planned with dynamic social and policy content and will leave everyone motivated to make a difference back in their communities.”

Cooper added that the conference also allows businesses “to market to a broad-based audience.”

Other major highlights include a job fair, the After-Dinner Gala and an awards dinner that will feature actress Holly Robinson Peete and former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete as co-hosts, according to Cooper. There will also be a 90-minute viewing of the presidential debate on Friday.

But, it’s not all fun and games.

“The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s ALC is a time for the community to gather from around the country, present our shared issues, brainstorm resolutions and establish an action plan for the coming year,” said U.S.Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) in a press release.

Cooper said this year’s theme, “Embracing the Promise, Realizing the Vision,” highlights the organization’s role as a nation leader. She added that the conference will give “a clear vision of what the icons of the civil rights movement had as their goal: a nation full of equal opportunities.”

For schedule details and registration information visit the ALC website .