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President Obama, First Lady to Attend Congressional Black Caucus Awards Dinner

Susan Rice, Wyclef Jean, Danny Glover, Cicely Tyson, Calvin Smyre and Sheryl Lee Ralph to Receive Phoenix Awards

WASHINGTON,  -- The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) today announced President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are scheduled to attend the Annual Phoenix Awards Dinner Saturday, September 26, as part of the 2009 Annual Legislative Conference. President Obama is scheduled to address more than 3,000 expected attendees at the evening's event.

Six distinguished individuals will receive this year's prestigious Phoenix Awards: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan E. Rice; President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators Calvin Smyre; Humanitarians and Actors Danny Glover, Cicely Tyson and Sheryl Lee Ralph and Musician and Humanitarian Wyclef Jean. President Obama received the award in 2008, which is awarded for efforts and accomplishments that have made significant contributions to society, and symbolizing the immortality of the human spirit and an eternal desire to reach its full potential.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and other dignitaries and special guests will attend the star-studded event. Actor Jeffrey Wright and Susan Taylor, Founder and CEO of the National CARES Mentoring Movement will serve as the dinner's co-hosts.

"The Administration played a critical role in contributing to the policy discussions, issue forums and town hall meetings taking place at this year's ALC," said Rep. Kendrick B. Meek of Florida. "That level of engagement will continue at the Annual Awards Dinner as the President and first lady set forth how we can reinvest, rebuild and renew our nation."

This year's theme, "Reinvest. . .Rebuild. . .Renew" provides guidance for meeting the challenges and opportunities facing the country and presents a new way forward. Each year the ALC draws more than 15,000 people to Washington from across the country to participate in dozens of policy forums, general sessions, exhibits, job fairs, book signings and networking opportunities.

"Each year, ALC offers a chance to discuss important issues facing our community," said Elsie L. Scott, President and Chief Executive Officer for CBCF. "It also is our premier fundraising event, and we thank everyone for supporting our scholarship, research and education programs."

For more information about the Annual Legislative Conference, visit To learn more about the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, visit

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) was established in 1976 as a non-partisan, non-profit, public policy, research and educational institute intended to broaden and elevate the influence of African Americans in the political, legislative and public policy arenas.

    Muriel Cooper
    (202) 249-4132/33      Priscilla Clarke
    (240) 476-9643 


SOURCE Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.

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