#CBCWeek Yes, yes it’s that time. It’s CBC Week. And just like any multi-day event, convention or celebration there are always MUST SEE moments and then there are the ones you could have missed. CBC Week is some overwhelming regarding the flow of information that there has to be a way to narrow it down. This list is in no particular order. #CBCFALC15
1. The Divine 9 Summit hosted by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH). If you’ve never seen all the heads of the top Black sororities and frats in one room here’s your chance because former Delta President Marcia Fudge has brought them all together again. The discussion will be on how Blacks are portrayed in the media. 2 p.m. Wednesday. Sept. 16/U.S. Capitol Visitors Center.
2. The 7th Annual Black Women’s Roundtable Policy Forum on the Power of the Sister Vote. This event typically brings together a who’s who of female leaders of the major civic organizations. Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m./ Room: 140A/Washington Convention Center.
3. HBCU College and Career Fair hosted by Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC). This year veteran HBCU educator and freshman Congresswoman Alma Adams did what should have been done a long time ago: She established a bi-partisan HBCU Caucus. For CBC Week she’s hosting a HBCU Career fair. Friday, Sept. 18 / 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. / Room: Exhibit Hall.
4. Money, Wealth and Disparities: Mastering the Game hosted by Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH). This session will cover “wealth-building, financial planning and money management.” Thursday, Sept. 17, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m/Room: 145B.
5. Mandatory Minimums : New Opportunities for Criminal Justice Reform hosted by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). This discussion will feature Kemba Smith, Marc Mauer and Pat Nolan and other justice reform experts will come and go over the two hours. Every year this is an informative discussion. Thursday, Sept. 17/3 p.m – 5 p.m./Room: 146B.
6. Policing Reform Legislation hosted by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO). Attorney Ben Crump, D.C. councilman Kenyan McDuffie and attorney Barbara Arnwine will talk on congressional bills that have arrived on the federal and state level since Ferguson. Thursday, Sept. 17/3 p.m. – 5 p.m. / Room: 145B.
7. Jazz Concert- 30th Anniversary Celebration hosted by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). Every year this is better than the Black Party. One of the few pricey CBC Week tickets that’s well worth the money.
8. 11th Annual African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit: Black America’s Prostate Cancer Burden hosted by Rep. Greg Meeks (D-NY). Meeks should get credit for putting this on every year. This is a million dollars worth of info for free on a serious health issue facing Black men. The panel: Tom Farrington President and Founder, Prostate Health Education Network, Mark Kennedy, Director of Outreach, Prostate Health Education Network, Dr. Edith Mitchell, MD, FACP, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology; at Thomas Jefferson University, Phila, Pa, and Dr. Kim Rogers, PhD, Director, Education Programs, Prostate Health Education Network, Braintree, Mass.Friday, Sept. 18/9 a.m. – 11:50 a.m./Room: 144C.
9. Activism and Action Restoring Trust Between Community and Police & Do Black Lives Matter in Congress? hosted by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA). This is one of several Ferguson/BlackLivesMatter related panels. That Brittany Packnett, who is on the Campaign Zero planning team, is included in this discussion makes this worth a visit. Friday, Sept. 18 / 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. / Room: 143B.
10. The Youth PROMISE Act- A PROMISE to dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline hosted by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA). There are several justice related panels but none by any member who is the lead sponsor of a bill with 20 Republicans and 20 Democrats(and counting…) on it that could actually become law. Friday, Sept. 18 / 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. / Room: 209B.
11. VETERANS BRAINTRUST – Ending Homelessness among Veterans by 2015 hosted by Reps. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), Corrine Brown (D-FL) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA). Every year these three members do something informative around the concerns of veterans. This year the focus is on homeless vets. Friday, Sept. 18/9 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Room: 146A.
12. Hip Hop and Politics hosted by Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). Get their early, this panel on the power of the Hip Hop generation in contemporary politics is always packed. Friday, Sept. 18 / 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. /Room: 201.