Celebrating Our Heritage, Our History: Saluting African Americans in the Arts was the theme of the annual Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Heritage Dinner February 26 at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Hosted by Actor Comedian Chris Tucker and Fox TV News Anchor Cynne’ Simpson, the dinner will celebrated artists and entertainers with Georgia ties including BRICK, S.O.S. Band, Steve Allen, Andre Thompson, Brenda Sigletary and Gilbert Young, James Brown, Sheila Ray (Ray Charles’ Daughter), Clifford “TI” Harris, Kenny Leon, Bohannan, Will Packer, Dottie Peoples, Otis Redding, Clarence Carter, and Millie Jackson.
Key sponsors of the celebration include: AT&T Georgia, Astellas, Data Systems and Games, Georgia Association of Educators, Georgia Municipal Association, Georgia Power, Morehouse School of Medicine and Waste Management.
The Heritage Dinner Committee members who have been working diligently to bring this historically well attended evening are Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler, Sen. Gloria Butler, Rep. Tonya Anderson, Sen. David Lucas, Sen. Lester Jackson,Sen. Donzella James, Rep. DarShun Kendrick, Rep. Billy Mitchell and Rep. Dexter Sharper.
Proceeds from the annual dinner supports the annual youth symposium and scholarships.
“The Black Caucus continues its important work that it has been doing for 42 years and is proud that this year our focus on youth has resulted in the highest number of interns at the Capitol and a well attended youth day with boys and girls from across the state in attendance, she added.
Guests included federal, state and local elected officials, government leaders and community and nonprofit organizations and academia.
The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus is the largest state black caucus in the nation with a membership of 61 members who represent over 3 million Georgians.