CBCF to Celebrate African-American Leaders in the Fine Arts

CBCF set to honor Spike Lee, Yolanda Adams and Simone Paulwell Hosted by Tichina Arnold


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WHO:  Spike Lee, award-winning American film director, producer, writer and actor

Yolanda Adams, GRAMMY award-winning gospel artist

Simone Paulwell, Soprano singer

Tichina Arnold, award winning actress, comedian, model and singer

Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Spouses

WHAT: CBCF ALC Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts

WHEN: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Red Carpet: 6:30pm – 7:45pm

Media Check In: 6:00pm

Program; 8:00 p.m. to 10: 30 p.m.

Attire: Cocktail

WHERE: Sidney Harman Hall (Shakespeare Theatre)

610 F Street NW, Washington, D.C.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Spouses will recognize the contributions of African Americans that have made substantial contributions in the arts at the Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts. This year’s honorees are renowned award-winning filmmaker and actor Spike Lee, GRAMMY award-winning gospel artist, Yolanda Adams and emerging soprano Simone Paulwell, the event will be hosted by actress Tichina Arnold.

During the Celebration of Leadership Spike Lee will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his innovative contributions to the arts. Yolanda Adams will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in social justice, and Simone Paulwell will receive the Trendsetter Award for her rising career in the fine arts.

This fundraising event for scholarships in the performing and visual arts kicks off the 47th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.


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The ALC is the leading policy conference on issues impacting African Americans and the global black community. The conference features 100 public policy forums on health, education, economic empowerment, the environment, and more. Signature events and features include the National Town Hall, Celebration of Leadership in Fine Arts, Community Breakfast and Health Fair, Gospel Extravaganza, Black Party, Prayer Breakfast, Exhibit Showcase, and the culminating event, the Phoenix Awards Dinner.

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The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF), established in 1976, is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and educational institute, committed to advancing the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public.

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