Karen Clarke Sheard and Reverend Dr. Gina Stewart to Headline Day of Healing at the CBCF 52nd Annual Legislative Conference

Presented by Coca-Cola, the signature inter-faith event is the first in a full day of culminating events for the 2023 Annual Legislative Conference

August 16, 2023

Athena W. Hernandez

Washington, D.C. – August 16, 2023 – The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) is thrilled to announce that renowned gospel artist Karen Clarke Sheard and Reverend Dr. Gina Stewart will be the distinguished special guests at the upcoming Day of Healing event. Presented by Coca-Cola during the 52nd Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), the event is planned for Saturday, September 23, at 7:30 a.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

The Day of Healing is an inspiring feature of the ALC, offering a platform for reflection and rejuvenation for various communities. Through inspirational messages and stimulating performances, the Day of Healing convenes faith leaders and individuals from across the country to honor the critical role faith has played in the lives of African Americans in the fight to secure our democracy, protect our freedoms, and uplift our culture.

Nicole Austin-Hillery, President and CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, expressed her excitement for the upcoming event: “We are honored to welcome Karen Clarke Sheard and Reverend Dr. Gina Stewart to the Day of Healing at the 52nd Annual Legislative Conference. Their presence reinforces our commitment to promoting holistic well-being and fostering open discussions about the challenges faced by our communities. In the spirit of this year’s conference theme, Securing Our Democracy, Protecting Our Freedoms, Uplifting Our Culture, the Day of Healing grounds us in our purpose and fortifies our will to remain steadfast in our commitment to community empowerment.”

“The Day of Healing provides a space to address vital issues that impact the lives of African Americans across the nation,” added Representative Terri A. Sewell, Board Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. “Karen Clarke Sheard and Reverend Dr. Gina Stewart bring their unique perspectives, experiences, and talents to this event, making it an opportunity for reflection, growth, and unity.”

A Grammy-winning gospel powerhouse, Karen Clarke Sheard has touched the hearts of many with her soul-stirring vocals and uplifting messages. Her participation in the Day of Healing is certain to provide attendees with an inspiring and transformative musical experience.

Reverend Dr. Gina Stewart, a prominent figure in ministry and leadership, has been a beacon of hope for countless individuals through her impactful sermons and tireless community engagement. As the founder and senior pastor of Christ Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, Reverend Stewart’s wisdom and guidance have made a lasting impact on her congregation and beyond.

Sponsored by Amazon, #ALC52 will take place from September 20 – 24, 2023, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., and is anticipated to attract more than 10,000 attendees from across the country.

Individuals interested in attending #ALC52 may visit the CBCF website to register. All members of the media are invited to request credentials by registering here.


About Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF)

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., established in 1976 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit, public policy, research, and educational institute, is committed to advancing the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy, and educating the public. For more information, visit