Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond to Speak at Morehouse College Convocation

Date Released: February 14, 2017

ATLANTA-- February 14, 2017— U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), the new chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, will return to Morehouse College at 10:45 a.m. Thursday to serve as guest speaker of the 150th Anniversary Convocation service.

The ceremony honors the rich tradition of celebrating academic excellence at Morehouse, where scholars strive to exhibit brotherhood, integrity, acuity, and live consequential lives that impact their communities. The Convocation will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at 830 Westview Dr. S.W. Atlanta.

Richmond, who graduated from Morehouse in 1995, is the first alumnus to lead the Congressional Black Caucus. His two-year term comes at a time of record growth for the political powerhouse. He leads the largest assembly of black lawmakers in Caucus history.

Richmond has already used his national platform to advocate nationally for resources to improve economic conditions in the black community. But, he made national headlines when he criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to hire John Gore to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division calling the pick a “slap in the face” to African American voters. Gore has a history of defending Republican voter suppression and redistricting laws.

Richmond also blasted Trump’s pick Jeff Sessions for attorney general. Sessions, who was recently confirmed, had been denied a federal judgeship in 1989 after lawmakers heard testimony that he had used a racial slur.

Richmond will discuss the growing activism igniting across the country in the early days of the Trump administration, and share his views on challenges facing minorities. He will charge Morehouse College to continue to produce bold leaders with the tenacity to make positive changes in their communities, nation, and the world.


Last Modified: February 27, 2017, 12:02 PM, by: Synera Shelton

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