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Summer has ended. Congress has had its recess. And thousands of black politicians, policy leaders and business leaders are preparing to swarm the nation’s capital.

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Each September, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) hosts its Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). The ALC assembles African-American leaders from politics, business, unions and other industries to address pressing issues facing black Americans. With the failing economy on everyone’s mind, the theme for this year’s conference—Sept. 23-Sept. 26— is “Reinvest. Rebuild. Renew.”

Staying true to the theme of economic recovery, there are several roundtable discussions and panels devoted to economics, education and health—all cornerstones for success in American society.

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The first of these scheduled events is the Capitol Hill Day Summit, on which all of the panel discussions will follow the topic, “Providing Opportunities for All—Strengthening pathways out of poverty.” The three panels will cover how to re-define poverty, possible federal solutions and the CBC’s role in economic empowerment. These panels will include officials from policy organizations, academia and the federal government including Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Marc Morial of the National Urban League.

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[SOURCE: The Root]