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CBCF, BET Partnering to Broadcast 50th ALC Events

A partnership with BET will enable the broadcasting of some of the signature events of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference set to air on Sept. 17.

Included in the signature lineup is “Foundation Friday,” along with the organization’s annual pre-recorded National Town Hall and the Phoenix Awards for which airings will begin at 7 p.m. ET/PT on BET and BET Her.

“We are proud to renew our partnership with BET to allow viewers nationwide to view our ALC 50 signature events,” said CBCF President and CEO Tonya Veasey. “BET continues to be a significant cultural force in Black American life. And it is fitting we share our impactful civic discussion and celebration of Black excellence through this network. In the 50th year of the Congressional Black Caucus, we also value this opportunity to showcase the hard-fought historic and current work these legislators enact to advance the global Black community.”

The CBCF National Town Hall gathers renowned thought leaders to discuss the importance of creating a Black agenda, honoring Black voices in a democracy, and addressing the most pressing issues for the Black community today, the CBCF said.

The discussion, moderated by journalist April Ryan, includes segments on health equity, education, voting rights and criminal justice. Panelists and speakers include Rep. Joyce Beatty, Congressional Black Caucus chair; Reps. Anthony Brown and Lisa Blunt Rochester, ALC 50 honorary co-chairs; Procter & Gamble Chief Communications Officer Damon Jones; DeNora Getachew, CEO of DoSomething.org; and Brittany Packnett Cunningham, activist, author, educator and Vice President of Social Impact at BET.

Renowned actor Angela Bassett will host the virtual annual Phoenix Awards ceremony, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to society. Past Phoenix Award honorees include Barack Obama, Rev. Al Sharpton, Hillary Clinton, activist Tamika Mallory and the late Rep. John Lewis.

“BET continues to utilize all of our resources, platforms, and partnerships to mobilize Black civic engagement across the country,” said Jeanine Liburd, BET’s Chief Social Impact and Communications Officer. “We are proud to partner with Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, to provide content that empowers and inspires disenfranchised communities to advocate for equality and with national campaigns such as National Black Voter Day, have all of the tools that allow them to exercise their civic duty to vote. There is a lot more work to be done, and BET will remain at the front lines fighting for equality, justice and solutions, for Black Americans not only for one night, but all year-round.”

This year’s Phoenix Awards ceremony will feature a lineup of notable speakers and presenters including remarks by President Joseph R. Biden.

A star-studded lineup of musical performances includes En Vogue, Leela James, Wayne Brady, Ledisi, Mali Music and Jonathan McReynolds, Stokley, Rapsody, and Chaka Khan.

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