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At CBCF Phoenix Awards Dinner, President Obama Shifts Focus to Black Women

By Hazel Trice Edney


Obama-women-200x300( – With a backdrop of “My Brother’s Keeper” and nearly two years of focus on issues surrounding Black and Hispanic males, President Obama has signaled a shift to Black women, honoring how they have historically “helped carry this country forward.”

Those were his words at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual Phoenix Awards Dinner, which he has keynoted nearly every year since his election.

“Of course, Black women have been a part of every great movement in American history even if they weren’t always given a voice,” he said to applause at the Walter Washington Convention Center in D.C. “They helped plan the March on Washington, but were almost entirely absent from the program.  And when pressed, male organizers added a tribute highlighting six women – none of them who were asked to make a speech.”

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