Celebrating 40 years of service as Maryland moves on, the Maryland Black Caucus announces its 2010 annual legislative celebration. Sen. Catherine E. Pugh, D-40th, chair of the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus and Del. Obie Patterson, D-26th, chair of the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus Foundation will lead the festivities with a host of speakers, workshops and of course the celebration from Nov. 4-6, 2010 in Annapolis and Baltimore, Md.

The theme of events for this year’s celebration is “Fit to Serve, Ready to Lead: Closing the Wealth Gap.” Throughout the weekend issues will be discussed, including economic development, education, law and justice, personal wealth and workforce development by well known speakers such as Bishop Vashti McKenzie, first female elected Bishop in the A.M.E. church, BET’s award-winning host Ed Gordon and last but not least, the funny comedian and co-star of {Law & Order}, Anthony Anderson.

Sen. Pugh , the new chair, assumed leadership in the spring. “I am ready to continue to address the needs of education and the financial status within the African-American community,” Pugh said.

Sen. Pugh is delighted to announce a new special feature during Caucus Weekend. The “Business After Breakfast Jobs and Resource Fair” takes place at the downtown Baltimore Hilton Hotel with corporations, government agencies and organizations seeking to interview and hire qualified employees. The event is free and open to the public and people are encouraged to bring plenty of resumes. The breakfast will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and the job fair will follow immediately, continuing until 2:30 p.m.

“Don’t come undressed, but dressed and ready to seek a job,” Pugh said.

The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, known also as the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus, is defined as an American political organization composed of African Americans elected to the Maryland General Assembly. The organization was incorporated in 1970 and consists of a membership that’s grown from 17 to 44. It’s considered as one of the largest state legislative Black caucuses in the country.

The purpose and role of the caucus is to draft and sponsor legislation, and address constituent needs by examining all bills that affect the Black populace. According to the caucus, the overall objectives are to:

* act as a legislative body on behalf of the Black community;
* provide leadership in developing, advocating and implementing programs and policies that serve the best interest of the Black community;
* articulate public policy that promote Black progress;
* inform Caucus members and the community of vital issues through the publication and dissemination of information through meetings and public forums;
* act as a research study group to generate pertinent data in support of appropriate public policies; and
* employ the combined resources and expertise of Black legislators and constituents in the formation of an effective statewide network.

The Caucus acts as a legislative body on behalf of the Black community. Currently, Baltimore City, Prince George’s, Baltimore, Montgomery, Howard and Wicomico counties have elected members to the Maryland Black Caucus.

A full complete schedule of this weekend’s events can be downloaded at www.legislativeblkcaucusmd.org.