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Safeguarding Elections, Police Reform, Student Debt Relief, Racial Bias in AI, and Health Equity Among Key Topics at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 2023 Annual Legislative Conference 

#ALC52 announces headline participants will include Idris Elba, Ed Gordon, and Zerlina Maxwell. Media registration is now open, and the full agenda is now available. 

Washington, D.C. – The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation is pleased to announce the upcoming 52nd Annual Legislative Conference, themed “Securing Our Democracy. Protecting Our Freedoms. Uplifting Our Culture.” This highly anticipated event will be held in Washington, D.C. from September 20 to 24, 2023. Distinguished members of the media are invited to participate in this enriching and thought-provoking conference. 

Event Highlights 

The 52nd Annual Legislative Conference is a prominent convening of policymakers, thought leaders, advocates, and citizens committed to addressing the most pressing issues facing our democracy, civil liberties, and cultural heritage. Under the leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus and the guidance of honorary co-chairs Rep. Stacey E. Plaskett and Senator Raphael Warnock, this conference aims to foster critical discussions and collaborations that will shape the trajectory of our nation’s future.  

Read the full agenda for more information on conference sessions. 

Key Themes 

·       Securing Our Democracy: In an era marked by unprecedented challenges to democratic institutions, this conference will delve into strategies and policies aimed at fortifying our democratic foundations, ensuring fair representation, and safeguarding electoral processes. 

·       Sessions include: Passing the Black Maternal Health Momnibus; Black Women Expanding Reproductive Rights at the State and National Level; The Black Education Shortage 

·       Protecting Our Freedoms: Discussions will focus on preserving and expanding civil rights, social justice, and equal opportunities for Black Americans. Attendees will examine ways to combat systemic inequalities and promote inclusive policies. 

·       Sessions include: Business After the SCOTUS Affirmative Action Ruling; Defending Against Attacks on DEI in Corporate America; Modern Day Redlining; Maternal and Breast Cancer Equity 

·       Uplifting Our Culture: Cultural heritage plays a vital role in shaping our identity as a nation. This theme underscores the importance of celebrating diversity, promoting cultural preservation, and fostering an environment in which creativity and artistic expression can flourish. 

·       Sessions include: Harnessing the Promise and Mitigating the Harm of AI on Black America; Black Women Pioneering Change in the Entertainment Sector; Hip Hop’s Struggle Against Mass Incarceration; Ensuring an Equitable Energy Transition in Africa 

Who:                   Congressional Black Caucus of the 118th Congress – please see below for a full list of session hosts* 

What:                 52nd Annual Legislative Conference hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 

When:               September 20 – 24, 2023 

Where:               Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001 

Media Opportunities 

Journalists, reporters, and media representatives are invited to cover a diverse array of sessions, workshops, panels, and keynote addresses featuring prominent figures from politics, academia, and activism. The conference will provide ample opportunities to engage with experts on critical issues related to democracy, civil rights, social justice, and cultural enrichment. 

Credentialing and Registration 

Media representatives interested in covering the 52nd Annual Legislative Conference are encouraged to register for press credentials. Please request credentials by Thursday, September 7. If you are unable to attend in person, recordings will be made available at the conclusion of the conference. 

We look forward to your participation in the 52nd Annual Legislative Conference and your coverage of the impactful discussions and deliberations that will take place. 

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*Session hosts include: Rep. Alma Adams, Rep. Joyce Beatty, Rep. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., Sen. Corey Booker, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, Rep. Jamaal Bowman, Rep. Shontel Brown, Rep. Cori Bush, Rep. André Carson, Rep. Troy Carter, Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, Rep. Yvette D. Clarke, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II, Rep. James E. Clyburn, Rep. Jasmine Crockett, Rep. Danny K. Davis, Rep. Don Davis, Rep. Dwight Evans, Rep. Valerie Foushee, Rep. Maxwell Frost, Rep. Al Green, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Steven Horsford, Rep. Glenn Ivey, Rep. Jonathan Jackson, Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, Rep. Henry Johnson, Rep. Sydney Kamlager-Dove, Rep. Robin L. Kelly, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Summer Lee, Rep. Lucy McBath, Rep. Jennifer McClellan, Rep. Gregory Meeks, Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Joe Neguse, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr., Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Rep. Bobby Scott, Rep. Terri A. Sewell, Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Rep. Lauren Underwood, Rep. Marc Veasey, Rep. Maxine Waters, Rep. Nikema Williams, and Rep. Frederica S. Wilson. 


About CBCF 

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the global Black community by developing leaders, informing policy, and educating the public. Established in 1976, CBCF is committed to creating and maintaining an equitable society for all. To learn more, visit 

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