The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) presented Stacey Abrams with its Body Award on Friday (Sept. 17). A free-to-air broadcast of the Phoenix Awards of the 50th Anniversary Legislative Conference culminated with Abrams receiving the award virtually.
As a two-time award recipient, Abrams was recognized by the CBCF for “unparalleled excellence in mobilising the black vote.” As an advocate for free and fair elections, Abrams’ organization Fair Fight has been ahead of the curve in the fight for federal voting reform. Abrams was thanked by President Joe Biden for helping to turn Georgia blue in April and for “empowering people to cast their votes and to voice their opinions.”
Video acceptance speeches broadcast by BET thanked Abrams and all of the CBCF members. In receiving the Phoenix, Abrams demonstrated that her work on statewide issues like voting rights and the 2020 census was making a difference, but the difference would not have been possible without the help of the Congressional Black Caucus. It’s about reaching out to communities who are marginalized too often, raising the importance of voting not just for our future but for our communities’ future, and pushing back against the big lie and all the smaller untruths that are often told about the value of our voices. As a member of the CBC, I take pride in standing in solidarity with, working with, fighting with, and defending our democracy together. Getting every American to fully grasp and enjoy the responsibilities of citizenship is ultimately one and the same.
Awarded throughout the evening were Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia L. Fudge, Defense Secretary Lloyd James Austin III, Senior Advisor to the President Cedric Richmond, and many others.
In presenting the Phoenix Awards this year, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation President and CEO Tonya Veasey said the award winners embody the principles of public service, equity, and leadership for underserved communities and the country as a whole. Throughout history, each has strived tirelessly to ensure continued freedom for all.
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