Today, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) kicked off its 39th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). The event has long been a staple in the life of Washington socialites and a destination point for politically-minded people of color from across the nation. The goal has been, generally speaking, to empower attendees through a series of workshops (pdf) (not to mention, some of the hottest parties in town) to bring about change and leadership in their respective communities, though their has been some debate on whether the gathering has become lighter on its focus to influence policy and heavier on its networking laurels (which, arguably, can also advance community empowerment, you know ... in a 'round-about way).
But this year, the carries a heavy distinction for the meetup: it is the first conference during which one of the CBC's former members, Barack Obama, is now president of the United States. It will be interesting to see how such a factor influences the dialogue — and outcome — of this year's conference, as opposed to that of prior years. President Obama is expected to address the group this weekend.
We have our ear close to the conference (literally, the venue is just across the street from NPR headquarters) and hope to check-in with one of the caucus leaders by week's end.
And speaking of Obama and the White House, "CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric recently sat down with Fox News Channel host Glenn Beck for a little one-on-one (or toe-to-toe, depending on how you look at it). Very little seemed to be left off the table during the interview, including Beck's claim that President Obama is a "racist." Here's the full (unedited) discussion:
Interested to know what you think ...
Meet you back here tomorrow.