Avoice Heritage Celebration

February 13, 2018

Sponsorship Guide

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Event & Venue

February 13, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. 
Naval Heritage Center | The United States Navy Memorial

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The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) will host its Ninth Annual Avoice Heritage Celebration on February 13, 2018. 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 2018 Black History theme is "African Americans in Times of War[1]," and CBCF's Heritage event will pay homage to leaders, organizations, and elected officials who have either served in the military or have demonstrated support and commitment to advancing the rights and benefits of black veterans. The award ceremony will recognize individuals for their dedicated service, consistent advocacy, and long standing commitment to addressing equality and equitable access to resources for African American veterans.

[1] As adopted from Carter G. Woodson’s Association for the Study of African American Life and History

2018 Avoice Heritage Celebration Honorees

Distinguished Pioneer in the U.S. Military and National Security Award

General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)

Distinguished Veteran: Living Legend Award

Sergeant Millie Dunn Veasey, USA (Ret.)

Distinguished Veteran Service and Champion Award

Current CBC Veterans:

  • Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. [U.S. Army]
  • Eddie Bernice Johnson [Nurse Veteran]
  • Bobby L. Rush [U.S. Army]
  • Robert C. “Bobby” Scott [Massachusetts National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve]
  • G.K. Butterfield [U.S. Army]
  • Anthony Brown [U.S. Army Reserve]

Distinguished Veterans’ Rights Activist Award

Ginger Miller, Petty Officer Third Class


Relive the experience from the Eighth 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.

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.


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