by April Watts (Photos by Brian Larson)
Last week the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 40th Annual Legislative Conference got underway at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown DC. Politicians, celebrities, educators and more converged to seek solutions to issues that impact African Americans.
The Phoenix Awards Dinner, held Saturday September 18th, was the grand finale to four days of sessions, town hall meetings and social events. Thousands attended the fundraiser dinner to witness the CBC Foundation honor four prestigious individuals: Harry Belafonte, actor and humanitarian; Simeon Booker, renowned journalist; Judith Jamison, choreographer; and the Honorable Sheila Y. Oliver, Speaker of the New Jersey State Assembly.
President Obama delivered an impassioned speech, which resulted in a standing ovation from the audience. The POTUS discussed healthcare, among other topics. Cheers erupted when Obama exclaimed, “Nobody should go broke because they got sick, in a country like the United States of America. Not here! ”
Referencing actor Ossie Davis’s address at the first Phoenix Dinner, the President said, “It’s not the man, it’s the plan,” as he reminded the audience that his campaign was not about electing a black President, rather improving America for all people.