The 43rd Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation will gather under the theme “It Starts With You” from Thursday through Saturday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

About 10,000 persons are expected to attend the yearly gathering of Washington power players, industry leaders and ordinary men and women in the nation’s capital.

With an eye to developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public, the conclave will comprise more than 70 forums and brain trusts on the critical issues facing African-Americans and the African Diaspora.

Most notably, this year’s national town hall meeting, “From Poverty to Prosperity: Confronting Violence, Restoring Opportunity, and Investing in our Youth” will address the impact of poverty, juvenile justice and gun violence.

“ALC is recognized as one of the most important gatherings of African-Americans in the nation,” said CBCF Chairman Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.), in a statement. “Every year, we see thousands of returning attendees and even more new faces ready to join the dialogue so they too can be agents of change in their communities. Our communities find support through the Foundation’s work on policies, programs and initiatives. It is our focused agenda that provides greater opportunities for all Americans.”

For more information, visit: http://www.facebook.com/CBCFInc and http://www.twitter.com/CBCFInc (#CBCFALC13). To register, visit: http://cbcfinc.org/registration-2013.html.

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