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Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Holds Annual Legislative Conference and Inaugural Heritage Gala


Last week, The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC), comprising of 68 house and senate members from across the state, held its Annual Legislative Conference and Inaugural Heritage Gala at the historic Georgian Terrace and the fabulous Fox Theatre respectively.

During the legislative conference, policy makers, academics, community leaders, students, and others heard from experts in various disciplines about topics of critical importance to the GLBC.

For me, it was a time for listening, learning, and leading. It was great to hear from thought leaders about legislative issues of great concern to the Caucus. Now, we have to take that wealth of knowledge and turn it into action.

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An example of such knowledge came from former United States Attorney General Eric Holder, now Chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, who participated in a one-on-one interview with State Representative Carolyn Hugley (D-136) to discuss redistricting in Georgia.

Another highlight was a panel discussion on criminal justice reform titled, "Hate Crimes, Citizen's Arrest, and ....?" moderated by Senator Harold Jones (D-22), a former Solicitor. The speakers were Fulton County Solicitor General Keith Gammage, Southern Poverty Law Center Deputy Political Director Nancy Adubu, and Southern Center for Human Rights Executive Director Sara Totonchi who offered excellent, thought-provoking insight and recommendations to address the systemic inequities in our criminal justice system.

Other topics included healthcare inequities, historically black colleges and universities in the 21st century, wealth building, and entrepreneurship. I also gave my annual State of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Address.

Ending the conference was a black-tie gala held in the Egyptian Ballroom at the historic Fox Theatre. Hosted by Ms. Sharon Reed, Co-Host of Start Your day with Sharon and Mike of the Black News Channel, more than 300 people attended this inaugural event. During the program we honored several individuals and organizations for their outstanding work and support to the Caucus. Winners were AT&T, Roy Robinson, Fair Count, Fair Districts Georgia, and ACLU of Georgia.  

In the following days please check the GLBC website for videos and photographs of the Legislative Conference and Heritage Gala.

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Senator Tonya P. Anderson
Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, Chair

Attire: Business Attire
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COVID-19 Protocol for the Conference

The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC) will follow CDC Guidelines for COVID-19.  GLBC will exercise the following practices:

  • Mask Worn
  • Social Distancing
  • Temperature Check
  • Liability Waiver

For more COVID-19 information and resources, please visit www.cdc.gov.

WHEN

September 29, 2021 - October 1, 2021
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WHERE

The Georgian Terrace
659 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

GLBC ROOM BLOCK IS SOLD OUT

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GLBC Heritage Gala

Attire: Black-Tie
Since its establishment in 1973, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC) has hosted a gala to celebrate our accomplishments and acknowledge those in our community who continue to lead and inspire. On October 1st, join the GLBC at the historic Fox Theatre, located in the heart of Atlanta, for a formal affair. Our theme, Uniting Black Voices is a testament to being a united black voice, that converges past cries for freedom with current demands for Black Lives Matter.  Let's celebrate under the stars and appreciate our story and our victories.
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COVID-19 Protocol for the Gala

The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC) will follow CDC Guidelines for COVID-19.  GLBC will exercise the following practices:

  • Mask Worn
  • Social Distancing
  • Temperature Check
  • Liability Waiver

For more COVID-19 information and resources, please visit www.cdc.gov.

WHEN

Friday, October 1, 2021
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WHERE

Egyptian Ballroom at the Historic Fox Theater
660 Peachtree St., NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
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GLBC Annual Legislative Conference Schedule

(Subject to Change)
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
  • 6:00 - 8:00 PM EST - Chairwoman's Reception
    • Conference Kick-Off
Thursday, September 30, 2021
  • 10:00 - 10:45 AM EST - Annual Meeting
    • State of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus
      • Speakers:
        • Senator Tonya P. Anderson, GLBC Chairwoman
        • Representative Shelly Hutchinson, GLBC Treasurer
    • 11:00 - 11:45 AM EST - Removing Barriers to Affordable Healthcare
      • Lifting the Veil: How COVID-19 Revealed the Health Inequities in our Communities
        • The pandemic has changed how legislators and public officials view health, access to medical care, and factors contributing to healthy lifestyles. It also revealed which communities possess very little of each due to a myriad of factors, including systemic racism. Listen as medical and public health experts explore the factors contributing to racial health disparities and develop strategies to improve African American well-being.
        • Moderator:
          • Representative Shelly Hutchinson, District 107
        • Panelists:
          • Dr. Jayne Morgan - Executive Director of the Covid Task Force, Piedmont Healthcare 
          • Consuela Wilds - D.W. Devose and Associates, and Thriveworks
          • Angelica Geter, Chief Strategy Officer - Black Women’s Health Initiative
          • Everett Tolbert - Principal, E. Tolbert Counseling and Consulting, LLC
      • 12:00 - 1:45 PM EST - Lunch on your own
        • 2:00 - 2:45 PM EST - Making Smart Investments in Education
          • Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the 21st Century
            • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) continue to produce the next generation of Black intellectuals, professionals, artisans, and entrepreneurs. As we enter the third decade of the new millennium, the HBCU experience is not enough to entice Black students to consider enrolling in these storied institutions. This panel discussion of HBCU presidents, thought leaders, legislators, and higher education advocates explore the role of HBCUs in the 21st century.
            • Moderator:
              • Representative CaMia Hopson-Jackson, District 153
            • Panelist:
              • George French, President - Clark Atlanta University
          • 3:00 - 3:45 PM EST - Redistricting
            • Redistricting The Redistricting Game: What, Why & How?
              • Every decade the Georgia General Assembly meets during a special session to redraw federal, and state legislative districts based on the United States Census data. It is important for Blacks and other communities of concern to understand the reapportionment and redistricting process, and, more importantly, how it impacts their political power. The speakers will unpack the process and explain the political importance of ensuring every Georgian is fairly and justly represented.
              • Moderator:
                • Representative Carolyn Hugley, District 136
              • Speaker:
                • Former Attorney General Eric Holder – National Redistricting Action Fund
            Friday, October 1, 2021
            • 9:00 - 9:45 AM EST - Prayer Breakfast
              • Faith and Politics: The longest-standing relationship in modern history
                • Faith and politics often combine for an impact on the world in a power/structure sort of way; because many carry their beliefs across career, industry and family this intersection is created. This insightful and uplifting breakfast will explore the importance of faith and the role it plays in politics, and how it can strengthen our spirits and prepare us for the work ahead.
                • Master of Ceremony: 
                  • Willie Moore, Jr., Nationally Syndicated Radio Host, Speaker and Best-Selling Author
                • Keynote Speaker:
                  • Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, first woman elected as Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
            • 10:00 - 10:45 AM EST - Protecting the Workforce and Strengthening the Middle Class
              • Financial Solvency: Passing on the Wealth
                • Building, protecting, and passing on assets are necessary components to building multi-generational wealth. This session will provide insights on how to build a portfolio, acquire and leverage assets that leave a legacy of wealth for future generations.
                • Moderator:
                  • Walter Stith, Financial Advisor - Morgan Stanley
                • Speaker:
                  • Robert Eskridge, Director of Government Affairs - NYSE 
              • 11:00 - 11:45 PM EST - Protecting the Workforce and Strengthing the Middle Class
                • How to Close the Racial Wealth Gap
                  • Born out of necessity, blacks have always championed entrepreneurship as a pathway to economic freedom. Today, blacks can no longer be limited to the term "small business". Growth and how to close the racial wealth gap in America must be the priority. How do blacks create and sustain viable businesses that can achieve the size and scale necessary for sustainable growth and wealth?
                  • Moderator:
                    • Representative Dar'Shun Kendrick, District 94
                  • Panelist:
                    • Arian Simone Co-Founder & Managing Partner - Fearless Fund
                    • Will Rosser, Financial Planner – Prudential Financial
                    • James Bailey, CEO - Russell Center Innovation & Entrepreneurship
                • 12:00 - 1:15 PM EST - LUNCH: GLBC Food Truck Park
                • 1:30 - 2:45 PM EST Continuing to Reform the Criminal Justice System
                  • Hate Crimes, Citizen's Arrest, and .........?
                    • During the past two years, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus has been instrumental in passing legislation to address hate crimes and end the practice of citizen's arrest. The question remains, what is the next issue to further reform the criminal justice system? This high-powered panel will discuss the next steps towards achieving justice for all.
                    • Moderator:
                      • Senator Harold Jones. District 22
                    • Panelist:
                      • Keith Gammage, Solicitor General - Fulton County
                      • Nancy Abudu, Interim Director of Strategic Litigation/Legal, Deputy Legal Director, Voting Rights - Southern Poverty Law Center
                      • Sara Totonci, Executive Director - Southern Center for Human Rights
                  • 7:00 - 11:00 PM EST – Inaugural Heritage Gala
                    • United Black Voices
                      • Since its establishment in 1973, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC) has hosted a gala to celebrate our accomplishments and acknowledge those in our community who continue to lead and inspire. On October 1st, join GLBC at the historic Fox Theatre, located in the heart of Atlanta, for a formal affair. This year's theme, Uniting Black Voices is a testament to being a united black voice, that converges past cries for freedom with current demands for Black Lives Matter.  Let's celebrate under the stars and appreciate our story and our victories.
                      • Mistress of Ceremony:
                        • Sharon Reed, Journalist & Host of Start Your Day with Sharon and Mike – Black News Channel

                  Inaugural Heritage Gala Schedule

                  (Subject to Change)
                  Friday, October 1, 2021
                  • 7:00 - 8:00 PM EST - VIP Sponsor Reception
                  • 8:00 - 9:30 PM EST – Inaugural Heritage Gala
                    • Honoring Essential Workers
                    • Award Ceremony
                  • 9:30 - 11:00 PM EST - Jukebox Live featuring Kermit Quinn

                  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2021 Annual Legislative Conference, please request a packet via email, attn: info@gablackcaucus.org