Avoice Heritage Celebration

March 29, 2017

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Sponsorship Guide

There are various ways to support the CBCF and the Avoice Heritage Celebration. View our sponsorship guide for more information.

Event & Venue

March 29, 2017, 6 - 8:30 p.m.  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

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The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) will host its Eighth annual Avoice Heritage Celebration on March 2017. The event lauds the legacy of African-American legislators and acknowledges efforts made to preserve African-American legislative history. The evening also serves as a fundraiser for the Avoice Virtual Library Project, an online repository that captures the legislative and political achievements of African Americans in Congress.

The 2017 theme is “Rooted in Education,” and pays homage to leaders, organizations, and elected officials who demonstrate commitment to advancing educational opportunity for African Americans and youth in particular. The award ceremony will recognize individuals for their dedicated service, consistent advocacy, and long standing commitment to addressing equality and equitable access to education for African Americans.

Mistress of Ceremony: Symone D. Sanders, Strategist and CNN Political Commentator

Selection of Awardees

Distinguished Statesmen in Educational Advancement Award

The Honorable Robert C. Scott

Distinguished Leader in Education Award

Beverly Bond

Distinguished Foundation in Education Award

Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Family Foundation

Film Screening

America Divided: The Class Divide (45 minutes)

*Panel Discussion to follow*


Relive the experience from the Seventh Annual Avoice Heritage Celebration

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Support CBCF

Please considering supporting CBCF's mission and the Avoice Virtual Library by making a a generous contribution.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. your contribution is tax-deductible to the extend allowed by law. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your generous financial contribution.

The Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Family Foundation

The Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Family Foundation will receive the Distinguished Foundation in Education Award, for its support of charitable organizations providing access to educational opportunities for disadvantaged children and youth. Click below to learn more about Eddie and Sylvia Brown.

America Divided: The Class Divide

A nine-time Emmy winner, Solly Granatstein is a veteran show-runner, producer and director who uses cinematic non-fiction storytelling to ply investigative journalism in the public interest. Granatstein will participate in a discussion of America Divided after its screening at the Avoice Heritage Celebration.

Avoice Virtual Library

Visit the Avoice Virtual Library!

The Avoice virtual library project is a digital repository that provides comprehensive overviews of historic legislative events featuring archival images and documents. The Center for Policy Analysis and Research (CPAR) archives the rich history of black members of Congress in one of the largest digital archives in the world. It is a central source of information about African American historical and contemporary policy issues.


The CBCF wishes to thank the following sponsors of the Avoice Heritage Celebration:


Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers


Epix - A Viacom Company

Picture Motion


In-kind donation generously provided by:

International Paper