CBCF Announces Phoenix Awards Recipients


On Monday, August 24, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) announced the honorees for the Phoenix Awards Dinner, the culminating event of the 45th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). Among the shortlist of honorees, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will be presented with the Phoenix Award at the foundations’s black-tie dinner, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on September 19, 2015 at 6pm.

We are also proud to announce the 2015 Charlotte General Convention presidential citation recipient, Brother William Barber, II (Gamma Beta ’82), will be honored with the CBC Chair’s Award. As described by the CBCF, Brother Barber was instrumental in the release of the Wilmington Ten and has been a mainstay in the national grassroots movement for educational, economic and equal justice for more than 19 years. Brother Barber continues to lead the fight for voter rights in North Carolina and health care reform, labor and worker rights, protection of immigration rights, and reparation for women survivors of Eugenics.

The CBCF ALC is the leading policy conference on issues impacting African Americans and the global black community. The ALC features more than 70 public policy forums on health, education, economic empowerment, environmental concerns, civic engagement, and the Exhibit Showcase. Signature events include the National Town Hall, Celebration of Leadership in Fine Arts, Gospel Extravaganza, Black Party, Prayer Breakfast, and the culminating event, the Phoenix Awards Dinner.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized for a century of developing leaders, service and advocacy for our communities by such a prominent and august body such as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation,” said Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity General President Mark S. Tillman.

As stated by the CBCF, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will receive the CBCF Chair’s Award for its diligence in cementing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy with a memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Alpha Phi Alpha, of which Dr. King was a member, is also being recognized for its national programs to mentor black children and mobilize minority voters.

“I encourage all brothers to join me,” General President Tillman continued, “in registering for this year’s 45th Annual Legislative Conference and purchasing tickets to the Phoenix Awards Dinner so that we can paint the event black and old gold.”