CBCF to Announce New Voting Rights Initiatives at 46th Annual Legislative Conference


CBCF to Announce New Voting Rights Initiatives at 46th Annual Legislative Conference

Voter Protection Series, Voting Rights Tool kit Highlight Value of the Black Vote

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 11 a.m.—The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) will launch its 46th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) with a strong message about the importance and power of the African-American vote—with a press conference featuring its new Voter Protection Series, on-site voter registration opportunities and other resources available during the more than 100 sessions offered during this year’s ALC.

During the press conference, scheduled for 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, the CBCF will explore the impact of voter suppression on American democracy and public policy issues impacting African Americans. Leaders from both the CBCF and Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) will discuss what is at stake in this presidential election for Black voters—in the first presidential election without the protection of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

WHAT: ALC opening press conference

WHO: Shuanise Washington, the president and chief executive officer of the CBCF;

Representative John Conyers, co-founder of the CBC, dean of the U.S. House of Representatives, and ranking member of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee;

Representative G. K. Butterfield, chairman of the CBC;

Representative Lacy Clay, ALC honorary co-chair;

Representative Karen Bass, ALC honorary co-chair; and

Menna Demessie, Ph.D, vice president, research and programs, CBCF

WHEN: 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, L Street Bridge


The ALC is the leading policy conference on issues impacting African Americans and the global black community. The conference features more than 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, “Defining the Moment, Building the Movement,” will highlight social and political moments in American history that define the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc

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