Women, too sing America

By: Melanie Avery @melaniegreenteaheadshot

 Soaring women too can rise out of the ashes like the Phoenixes they are.

On Saturday, September 19, 2015 the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation was honored to host the President of the United States and First Lady Michelle Obama at the 45th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Phoenix Awards Dinner.   This year’s theme centered on civil rights and justice.  Civil rights leaders who were living received awards as well as those who we honored posthumously.  There were beautiful performances by talented artists and a star-studded list of dignitaries adorned the crowd.

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On Charleston…a petition for a remedy of apathy

To those who lost their lives we offer our hymns, prayers, and sincere condolences. To those who survived, we pray their comfort by the Savior in wrapping their heads around being left behind?  To those who live in counties and cities all across the nation: I have a literal question. How many more of these types of incidents whether racial, gun violence related, or acts of terrorism? How many more violent acts will we observe on CNN, MSNBC, or in our neighborhoods before we speak up, act up, and live up to the charge of protecting our communities? How many more times will Rev. Al, Dr. Dyson, and Dr. West spar over best ways to address these issues? How many more cogent, thoughtful obituaries will we hear from US leaders speaking from hallowed pulpits before we see change? I’m still waiting for the world to change.

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