Vice President Biden to Address Joint Center Annual Gala Dinner

May 02, 2013, 17:22 ET from Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a research and policy institution that focuses on the concerns of African Americans and other people of color, announced today that Vice President Joe Biden will address its Annual Gala Dinner on Tuesday, May 7 at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

Under the banner – "Jobs. Partnerships. Progress." – the event is an opportunity for elected officials, business, civic and community leaders from across the country to celebrate the rise of African Americans in the nation's political and civic life.  More than 500 people are expected to be in attendance.

"We are thrilled that the Vice President will address our Annual Gala Dinner, especially with employment,  job creation, and voting rights at the core of our research agenda," said Joint Center Board of Governors Chair Cynthia G. Marshall.   

The Vice President's remarks will take place as the Joint Center honors Ambassador Susan E. Rice, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, with its 2013 Louis E. Martin Great American Award, which is given annually to an exemplar of change, progress and coalition-building across racial lines.

"As the Administration's point person on rebuilding our economy, Vice President Biden has valuable insights on efforts to spur job creation and economic opportunity in our communities," said Ralph B. Everett, the Joint Center's President and CEO. 

At the event, the Joint Center will also honor the Congressional Black Caucus with its Partnership Award, which recognizes efforts to build strategic relationships within the realm of public policy to expand hope, opportunity and progress in minority and underserved communities across the country.

SPECIAL NOTEMedia interested in covering Vice President Biden's remarks and the Award Presentation to Ambassador Susan E. Rice at the 2013 JCPES Annual Dinner MUST REQUEST CREDENTIALS IN ADVANCE by emailing NAME, TITLE, MEDIA ORGANIZATION and contact MOBILE NUMBER to BMaynard Scarborough at by Monday, May 6, 2013 no later than 12 NOON.  Upon arrival, approved media MUST PRESENT state-, federal- or international-issued identification and OFFICIAL MEDIA CREDENTIALS.

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is one of the nation's leading research and public policy institutions and the only one whose work focuses primarily on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color. To learn more, please visit

SOURCE Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies