CBCF Announces Phoenix Awards Recipients

Legendary civil rights activists and the first black fraternity to be honored during the 45th Annual Legislative Conference

Aug 24, 2015, 13:54 ET from Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) today announced the honorees for the Phoenix Awards Dinner, the culminating event of the 45th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). President of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, Rev. Dr. William Barber, II; Civil Rights attorney and activist, Fred Gray; civil rights pioneers, Juanita Abernathy and Amelia Boynton Robinson; and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated will be presented with the Phoenix Award at the black-tie dinner, 6 p.m., Sept. 19, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

"The honorees this year embody the spirit of sacrifice, service and leadership to our country and underserved communities," says A. Shuanise Washington, president and chief executive officer of the CBCF.

Rev. Dr. William Barber, II will be honored with the CBC Chair Award. Barber was instrumental in the release of the Wilmington Ten and has been a mainstay in the national grassroots movement for educational, economic and equal justice for more than 19 years.

Fred Gray will be honored with the ALC Co-Chairs Award. Gray is best known as the first civil rights attorney for Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During the civil rights movement, Gray's litigation efforts led the way in tackling desegregation and racial discrimination.

Civil rights activists Juanita Abernathy and Amelia Boynton Robinson will receive the CBC Body Award. Abernathy is the wife of Rev. Ralph Abernathy; she helped to organize and lead the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott in her home state of Alabama from 1955 to 1956.

Amelia Boynton Robinson is one of the organizers of the Bloody Sunday march to Montgomery, Alabama. She commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Selma marches by walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge hand-in-hand with President Barack Obama.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated will receive the CBCF Chair Award for its diligence in cementing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy with a memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

Proceeds from the Phoenix Awards Dinner benefit the CBCF's many programs and initiatives. To purchase tickets and register for the ALC, visit cbcfinc.org/alc

Media registration closes August 30. For regular updates about the ALC, visit cbcfinc.org/alc, sign up to receive the e-newsletter, and follow the CBCF on social media.


SOURCE Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.