Celebrating Our Heritage, Our History: Saluting African Americans in the Arts was the theme of the annual Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Heritage Dinner the Georgia World Congress Center.
Hosted by Actor Comedian Chris Tucker and Fox TV News Anchor Cynne’ Simpson, the dinner celebrated artists and entertainers with Georgia ties including James Brown, BRICK, Sheila Ray (Ray Charles’ Daughter), T.I., Kenny Leon, Will Packer, Dottie Peoples, Otis Redding, Clarence Carter, S.O.S. Band, Millie Jackson and more.
Key sponsors of the celebration included: AT&T Georgia, Astellas, Data Systems and Games, Georgia Association of Educators, Georgia Municipal Association, Georgia Power, Morehouse School of Medicine and Waste Management.
Proceeds from the annual dinner supports the annual youth symposium and scholarships. “
Georgia is #3 is the U.S. for film and television and #5 in the world. It’s a $5 billion business and brings 23,000 jobs to the state. We want individuals to come here to build their film and television careers. – Mayor Kasim Reed
“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, said GLBC Chair Rep. Dawkins-Haigler.
More than 650 guests attended the dinner from federal, state and local elected officials to 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.
Check out our interview and pics below:
Photos: Robin Lori, Jerome Dorn