Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala D. Harris will serve as honorary co-chairs of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 48th Annual Legislative Conference next month, the foundation announced Wednesday.
It will mark the first time two senators will chair the annual conference, which is scheduled for Sept. 12-16 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in northwest D.C. Historically, co-chairs have been members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The conference, which annually attracts nearly 10,000 people from across the country and from around the world, is the only event of its kind in the United States, offering more than 90 forums on public policy issues that affect Black Americans.
This year’s theme, “The Dream Still Demands,” focuses on the influence and legacy of these moments, while uplifting present-day champions in the fight for racial equality, justice and freedom, the foundation said.
“For more than 40 years, the Annual Legislative Conference has provided an extraordinary platform for people — domestic and abroad — to come together and discuss vital issues related to social justice, leadership, economic prosperity, entrepreneurship and much more,” said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, chair of the CBCF board of directors. “As we continue to grow and expand the conference, we know that we must be unwavering in our approach to have the difficult conversations, elevate debates about the state of Black America, and also define new and innovative solutions.”
During the five-day conference, attendees will have the opportunity to converse with industry leaders from across the globe on public health, gender equality, social mobility, LGBTQ rights and environmental sustainability, among many other topics.
“The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference is among the most important annual gatherings for Black Americans, and I am honored to lead its 48th convening with Senator Harris,” said Booker, New Jersey Democrat. “The conference theme presents an important opportunity for our community to lead the national dialogue on so many pressing issues, from fixing our broken criminal justice system to creating economic opportunities for communities of color. We have so many urgent challenges that must be addressed, and I’m looking forward to hearing from all of the incredible leaders who will be participating in the conference this September.”
Harris said the conference has brought together some of the country’s greatest leaders, innovators, and job creators to address the most pressing issues facing Black America.
“This year is no exception,” the California Democrat said. “The conference will provide a platform to advocate for the voiceless, the vulnerable and all who believe in fulfilling the American promise of equality and justice for all. I look forward to confronting these issues head on and working to create solutions that will lead to lasting change.”