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Magic Johnson, Cornel West Appear with IMPACT organization at the Congressional Black Caucus event

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Preview ’09 A Red Carpet Affair

Washington, DC – On September 24th, 2009, IMPACT will bring together the most influential young politicos and professionals of color to honor emerging leaders during Preview ’09—a Red Carpet Affair.  This exclusive reception, held just blocks away from the White House at the St. Regis Hotel, will celebrate the contributions young professionals make to their communities and nation.

Each month IMPACT highlights young leaders excelling professionally while transforming their community.  The “IMPACT Leader of the Year” will be honored at Preview ’09 during the Annual Legislative Conference (ALC).  As these young African American professionals come to honor IMPACT leaders, new relationships will be forged and connections made to ensure that the pathway to excellence is available for every young African American to make an IMPACT.  More details below:

When: Thursday, September 24, 2009

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

To RSVP your attendance, please visit: www.impact-dc.com

Where:             St. Regis Hotel

16th and K Street NW

Washington, DC

Who: Hosted by BET’s Jeff Johnson

Young African American Politicos

Honorary co-chairs include:

Senator Roland Burris

Congressman Gregory Meeks

Congressman Andre Carson

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke

Congressman Keith Ellison


Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Dr. Cornell West and African American Leaders to Examine the Role Emerging Leaders Play in Affecting Change

Evolution of Politics & Empowerment

As thousands of young African American professionals flock to Washington, D.C. for the Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation will host a Town Hall discussion on the evolution of politics and empowerment. Today’s emerging leaders will join elected officials, community activists, and professionals to dispel the myth of “young versus old” and advance the agenda to improve African American communities.

Join Congressman Bennie Thompson and leaders like Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Dr. Cornel West, Deputy White House Counsel, Cassandra Butts and others as they discuss the role emerging leaders play in advocating and affecting change. Panelists will also discuss strategies young professionals can use to navigate through politics, excel in corporate America, and influence public policy. More details below:

What: Evolution of Politics & Empowerment

Emerging Leaders Town Hall

To RSVP your attendance, please visit: www.impact-dc.com

When:            Friday, September 25, 2009

                        10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST

Where:           Washington Convention Center

                        Conference Room 202AB

Who:              Hosted by: Congressman Bennie G. Thompson

Moderated by: CNN’s Roland Martin

Panelists include:

      • Earvin Magic Johnson
      • Dr. Cornell West
      • Deputy White House Counsel, Cassandra Butts
      • NAACP’s, Stefanie Brown   
      • Political Strategist, Sophia Nelson
      • Fox News Contributor, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill,
      • Music Executive, Aaron Arnold


A Discussion with Top Obama Administration Officials, Policy Professionals and Young Elected Officials

Washington, DC – Join us on September 23, 2009 as young professionals pack the Washington Convention Center to discuss the best ways to sustain careers in public policy. African American leaders from the Obama Administration, young elected officials and policy professionals will come together for a roundtable discussion on how to communicate with the White House, monitor and guide use of stimulus funds and promote civic engagement. More details below:

When: Saturday, September 26, 2009

                        11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

To RSVP your attendance, please visit: www.impact-dc.com

Where:           Washington Convention Center

801 Mount Vernon Pl NW

Washington, DC 20001-3614

Who: Panelist Include:

      • Rick Wade, Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor
      • Michael Strautmanis, Special Assistant to the President & Chief of Staff
      • Ron Kirk, US Trade Representative
      • Myesha Ward, Deputy Assistant, US Trade Representative
      • Addisu Demissie, National Political Director, Organization for America
      • Melanie Roussell, Press Secretary for Housing and Urban Development
      • Andrew Gillum, Tallahassee County Commissioner
      • Isador Hall, California State Assemblyman
      • Gina Calder, New Haven Alderwoman
      • Alan Williams, Representative, Florida House of Representatives
      • Angela Sailor, Republican National Committee, Director of Coalitions

One Response

  1. I trust that the attendees will not forget the Bridges that brought them over. So many post Civil Rights Black politicos believe that they are where they are based solely on their respective intellect and hardwork. Too many are asking “is race relevant” in today’s America?
    Many of the current attacks on President Obama are being orchestrated by “Old School Racists”. Some are trying to make the attacks all “policy” disagreements. I trust that the attendees will not be caught up in the illusion. Dr. Andrew A. Ray

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