President Obama to Attend CBCF's Phoenix Awards Dinner

WI Web Staff Report | 9/14/2011, 3:57 p.m.

WASHINGTON - The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) has announced that President Barack Obama is scheduled to attend the annual Phoenix Awards Dinner Sat., Sept. 24. The dinner concludes the Foundation's 41st Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). President Obama is scheduled to address more than 3,000 expected attendees at the evening's event.

Four distinguished individuals will receive the prestigious Phoenix Awards: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson; U.S. Representative and civil rights activist John Lewis; athlete and humanitarian George Edward Forman Sr; and civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery. President Obama himself, was the recipient of the Phoenix Award in 2008, which recognizes individuals for their efforts and accomplishments that have made significant contributions to society, and symbolizes the immortality of the human spirit and an eternal desire to reach its full potential.

In addition, the six surviving founders of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) will be honored during the evening, in recognition of the organization's 40th anniversary. Actor and activist Hill Harper and WJLA veteran evening news anchor Maureen Bunyan will serve as co-emcees.

ALC provides an outlet to highlight the mission of CBCF - to develop leaders, to inform policy and to educate the public - by providing more than 80-high level, thought-provoking forums to address the critical challenges facing the African-American Diaspora.

This year, thousands are expected to reflect on the conference's theme: iLead|iServe. ALC attendees will have many opportunities to share their thoughts and experiences on leadership and service - how and why they do it, the value of each, and the impact of each within their lives and their communities. The conference will use social media, a town hall meeting, brain trusts and personal interaction to further encourage discussions and follow-up conversations among attendees.