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CBCF Phoenix Awards Annual Dinner Will Conclude Four-Day Conference

Congressional Black Caucus | 7/19/2010, 11:26 a.m.

CBC FOUNDATION TO HONOR HARRY BELAFONTE, JUDITH JAMISON, SIMEON BOOKER AND HONORABLE SHEILA Y. OLIVER WITH PHOENIX AWARDS ON SEPTEMBER 18TH

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) today announced the 2010 recipients of the Annual Phoenix Award this September 18 as part of the 40th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). Four distinguished individuals will receive the prestigious Phoenix Award during the fundraiser dinner: Harry Belafonte, actor and humanitarian; Simeon Booker, renowned journalist; Judith Jamison, choreographer; and the Honorable Shelia Y. Oliver, Speaker of the New Jersey State Assembly.

More than 4,000 attendees are expected to witness this year's honorees receive their awards at the ceremonial dinner. "The award is presented to those whom have made significant contributions to society, and symbolizing the immortality of the human spirit and an eternal desire to reach its full potential," said Elsie L. Scott, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer for CBCF.

The award's name is a tribute to the prediction of Rep. George White, the last black representative to serve in Congress until 1928. Recent past recipients of the award include Wyclef Jean, humanitarian, Cicely Tyson, actress, and then-Senator Barack Obama.

The awards ceremony and dinner serves as the grand finale for the ALC which is scheduled from September 15-18 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington , D.C. The Annual Legislative Conference provides an outlet to highlight the mission of CBCF - to develop leaders, to inform policy and to educate the public.

It also provides more than 80 forums to address the critical challenges facing the African-American community. The Foundation will offer numerous sessions to present high level, thought-provoking, engaging and useful information. The CBCF Alumni Series will premier, offering policy discussions around the research produced by former CBCF fellows. Also offered are free health screenings, a job fair, interactive financial sessions, networking and cultural activities.

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

U.S. Reps. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland and Diane E. Watson of California are serving as honorary co-chairs of ALC. This year's theme, "Celebrating the Vision, Continuing the Journey, Advancing the Mission " provides guidance for meeting the challenges and opportunities facing the country and present a new way forward.

Early discounted registration ends on July 23 at www.alc10.org. Media registration is www.alc10.org/media.

To learn more about the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, visit www.cbcfinc.org.