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2011 African American Legislative Summit A Resounding Success!

The Texas Legislative Black Caucus is pleased to thank all those in attendance at the recently held African American Legislative Summit, helping the event to become a wonderful success. This year’s Summit held in Austin from Feb. 27th through March 1st, under the direction of Chairman Sylvester Turner had a record 3,000 plus attendees from all over Texas. A great time was had by all in attendance as numerous elected officials, scores of grassroots activists, business professionals, college students, reknowned academics and citizens alike came together for an eventful time of collaboration, networking and an opportunity to exchange ideas. The Summit was highlighted by Ms. Debra Lee, CEO of B.E.T. as the keynote speaker at the Scholarship Banquet where over $120,000 in scholarships were awarded.  An overwhelming attendance of successful recipients, all of whom were high school seniors, made the night a special occasion as Debra Lee punctuated the night with her remarks which thrilled all those in attendance.

Those who arrived early on Sunday evening were treated to a musical performance by none other than DJ Biz Markie. The Summit started in earnest early Monday morning at 9am in the House Chamber, as the Summit provided a unique opportunity for attendees to sit at House members desks and hear from TLBC members.  Following the opening session, a series of riveting panel discussions in the Capitol on Monday morning rounded out the early morning events. Those there for the panels were treated to a packed house as people listened with picqued interest as a host of topics were covered. Next we followed with a barbeque luncheon on the Capitol Grounds as all those in attendance were treated to a great meal under tents as they all enjoyed the beautiful weather. As the afternoon began, the Summit shifted to the host site, the Sheraton Hotel at the Capitol as we enjoyed more powerful panel discussions. As evening fell, people excitedly awaited the Scholarship Banquet as many gathered for a cocktail reception before the formal events ensued.

In addition, the Summit also featured a very important group of Outstanding Community Award Leader Honorees consisting of important people from Texas Legislative Black Caucus member districts. This group of outstanding citizens were honored on Tuesday morning, March 1st at the breakfast program which featured noted media celebrity, Roland Martin. Also in attendance were the Trailblazers of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, those members who blazed a path for the current TLBC members. Our Trailblazers added a special touch upon addressing the crowd. As Martin thrilled all those in attendance with his brilliant wit and commentary, attendees at this year’s Summit were certain to mark their calendars for the next Summit in 2013 and so should you!

Special Thanks to all our special guests: Debra Lee, Roland Martin, & Biz Markie. And thanks to all who attended and made this event a success.

Photos courtesy of Anthony Pennie and available at

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