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 opinion journalist, comms expert and political analyst focused on justice reform policy. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke was 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 regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin, Hardball and Up on MSNBC, WVON in Chicago, WURD in Philadelphia and WOL and WHUR in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Managing Editor of Politic365 and a contributing writer for TheRoot and NBC Black where she writes opinion and analysis. Additionally, Ms. Burke has been a contract photographer for Associated Press since 2004. She has authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics publisher 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. Here e-mail is: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



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