Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks at the National Press Club in D.C. on Nov. 15. (Anthony Tilghman/The Washington Informer)
**FILE** Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks at the National Press Club in D.C. on Nov. 15, 2019. (Anthony Tilghman/The Washington Informer)

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation has announced a handful of honorees for its 2021 Phoenix Awards.

The event, which will be held virtually as part of the CBCF’s 50th Annual Legislative Conference, recognizes individuals for their significant contributions to society.

The Phoenix Awards ceremony airs at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 17 as part of a partnership between the CBCF and BET.

This year, in the spirit of the #ALC50 theme, “Black Excellence Unparalleled: Pressing Onward in Power,” honorees will include political leader Stacey Abrams, Secretary of Defense Lloyd James Austin III, board-certified otolaryngologist Dr. Joan Coker, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge and Cedric Richmond, senior adviser to President Joe Biden.

The president is also expected to speak at the event, which will be hosted by renowned actor Angela Bassett.

“The Phoenix Awards honorees this year embody the principles of public service, equity, and leadership for our underserved communities and the nation as a whole,” said CBCF President and CEO Tonya Veasey. “Each has worked tirelessly to advance and ensure continued freedom for all.”

Award-winning journalist April Ryan will serve as moderator for the National Townhall, which will focus on some of today’s most pressing issues for the Black community. Panelists will include Black Information Network President Tony Coles, Procter & Gamble Chief Communications Officer Damon Jones and activist and MSNBC contributor Brittany Packnett Cunningham.

The 50th Annual Legislative Conference will conclude with the virtual Black Party hosted via Facebook Live. The party begins at 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17 immediately following the Phoenix Awards.

Registration for ALC 50 can be completed at cbcfinc.org/alc.

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