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POSTED: December 10, 2008, 1:00 am

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The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) has announced a special holiday sale of its limited-edition book, "Continuing the Legacy: A Salute to the Congressional Black Caucus of the 110th Congress." The holiday discount -- $20 per book -- is good through Dec. 19, 2008. Bulk orders of 20 or more books are also available for $15 each through December 19.

CBCF produced "Continuing the Legacy," a 160-page, hardcover, coffee-table-style book, to commemorate this historic two years for the CBC. The book was well received upon its debut as a platinum table gift during the Annual Awards Dinner of the 2008 Annual Legislative Conference, held this past September at the Washington Convention Center in the nation's capital.

"Continuing the Legacy" presents six essays examining the contributions of the CBC and its members during the 110th Congress in matters important to African Americans and the country. One essay focuses on the 2008 presidential election and the CBC member, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, who became the first African American elected to the nation's highest-elected office.

"Continuing the Legacy" offers a list of the CBC's accomplishments during this term and a look at the service of Rep. James E. Clyburn of South Carolina as majority whip and the CBC members chosen to lead full House Committees. They include Reps. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan (Judiciary), Charles B. Rangel of New York (Ways and Means), Bennie G. Thompson of Mississippi (Homeland Security), the late Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio (Standards of Official Conduct) and the late Juanita Millender-McDonald of California (Administration). The book is dedicated to the memory of Rep. Tubbs Jones, who like Rep. Millender-McDonald, served on CBCF's Board of Directors.

"Continuing the Legacy" also features a look at the duties and accomplishments of the 18 CBC members serving as chairmen of congressional subcommittees -- the highest number ever. The book includes a look back at the leadership of Rep. Carolyn C. Kilpatrick of Michigan, the caucus' 20th chairperson, and a message from Rep. Kendrick B. Meek of Florida, the CBCF Board Chairman.

"Many of the issues championed by the CBC are issues aligned with CBCF's mission," Rep. Meek writes in his message. "We have prepared 'Continuing the Legacy' to capture the impact of having so many CBC members serving in key leadership posts. We proudly offer this book as a keepsake for CBC members, their families and friends, our corporate partners, historians and the public."

The essay subjects and essayists include criminal justice by Elsie L. Scott, Ph.D., CBCF's president and chief executive officer; economic development by Maya Rockeymoore, Ph.D., a political scientist, author and alumna of CBCF's congressional fellowship program; education by Stephanie J. Jones, J.D., executive director of the National Urban League Policy Institute; international affairs by Ronald W. Walters, Ph.D., professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland; public health by Ronald L. Braithwaite, Ph.D., a professor of community health and preventative medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine, and Marjorie A. Innocent, Ph.D., CBCF's director of research and programs; and the beforementioned 2008 election, by Ivory A. Toldson, Ph.D., a CBCF senior research analyst and an assistant professor of education at Howard University.

The publication provides an insider's perspective by George Dalley, J.D., a respected Capitol Hill staffer now on his third stint as Rep. Rangel's chief of staff; and a foreword by William H. Gray III, the former Pennsylvania congressman who served as House majority whip from 1989 to 1991. It also features more than 75 photographs capturing the CBC members in their congressional and leadership roles, a complete CBC roster and a review of the caucus' achievements since 1971.

A limited number of copies are available at http://www.cbcfinc.org/cbcbook. After December 19, copies will be available at the original price of $30 each and $25 each for orders of at least 20.

Please call our office at (202) 263-2800 to make bulk purchases. Place your orders today!

To learn more about the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, visit our website.

The information in this article was taken for the most part from a press release issued by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.

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