5:34pm September 3, 2012

CBC Chair Emanuel Cleaver to Address DNC on Wednesday


Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), the current Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, will address the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte on Wednesday.

The theme of Rep. Cleaver’s speech will be faith and responsibility.

Cleaver is currently serving as the 22nd Chairman of the CBC and his tenure, which began in January 2011 as the GOP took over the House, has been eventful and noteworthy.

On May 31, Cleaver and the CBC held a Faith Leaders Summit with faith leaders from across the country.  The summit focused on voting rights, 501(c)3 dos and don’t and featured an address by Attorney General Eric Holder.

This time last year Cleaver was leading the CBC through a five city jobs tour across the country as the Black unemployment rate hit a 27 year high at 16.7%.

About the Author

Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for NBCNews.com and TheRoot.com Ms. Burke has also authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee. Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



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