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Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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Congressional Black Caucus at Statuary Hall

Congressional Black Caucus at Statuary Hall

This afternoon at the Capital Building in National Statuary Hall, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) honored the members of the CBC for their longstanding efforts on Capital Hill.


“The 42 members of the Congressional Black Caucus collectively are the conscience of the Congress. They demonstrate that America is best when our glorious diversity is in evidence in the halls of power,” said Pelosi.

She also lauded the fallen members of the CBC who recently passed including chairwomen  Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Juanita Millender-McDonald and Congresswoman Julia Carson. Pelosi made reference to the release of a new edition of the book Black Americans in Congress, which is dedicated to the memory of the late Congressman Julian Dixon of California and celebrated the life of CBC co-founder Gus Hawkins
“At a time of economic upheaval and uncertainty when we are fighting to protect working and middle class Americans, Gus Hawkins’ record in Congress can serve as a guidebook to protecting the American Dream,” she said.
Pelosi’s comments were followed by Sen. Reid who mentioned that today the United States Senate finally passed the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Act. “This legislation honors the memory of an innocent 14 year old boy from Chicago, who was brutally beaten to death, for no good reason,” he said noting that Republicans blocked the bill for over a year. “The bill we passed today will give the Justice Department the tools necessary to finally investigate and prosecute fatal civil rights-era crimes still wanting for justice.”
Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation invoked a since of pride calling this a “Spiritual Moment” to stand in Statuary Hall, knowing that the country faces the preface of  the first CBC member to potentially “walk through this chamber and become the first Black President of the United States of America.”
“Today we celebrate 137 years since the first Black person was elected to congress,” said Rep. Carolyn C. Kilpatrick of Michigan, chairwoman of the congressional Black Caucus after the celebration in response to Rep. Meek’s statement. “We are standing on the shoulders from 137 years ago. We are honored, privileged and we must not take it for granted. We have much work to do and the dye is not cast until Nov. 4.”
Meanwhile, during Pelosi, Reid, Kilpatrick and Meeks speeches, Sen. McCain announced on television his intention to suspend the campaign and his desire to cancel the presidential debate scheduled for Friday evening with the intent that the presidential candidates work towards a solution for our country’s economic challenges. He encouraged Barack Obama to follow his lead.
Whether or not McCain took the lead in this effort is a matter of contention. According to a source at Fox News it was Obama who reached out to McCain early Wednesday

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Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, SocialWayne.com chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining BlackEnterprise.com as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.


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