Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Congressional Black Caucus Institute Tunica Conference

By Norris McDonald

This was the 14th CBC Institute policy conference and I was a panelist on the energy panel moderated by House Energy and Commerce Committee member G.K. Butterfield (D-NC).  Other presenters included, Colette D. Honorable, Chairman, Arkansas Public Service Commission, Lonnie L. Johnson, Senior Director, Federal Relations, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Napoleon Johnson, Vice President, Customer Operations, Entergy Mississippi, and Beverly L. Perry, Senior Vice President, Pepco Holdings, Inc.  Special member guests included Representative Cedric Richmond (D-LA) and Representative Marc Veasey (D-TX).  Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) also participated in the seminar. the theme of the seminar was, "Energy's Future Impact on the America Consumer."

I flew into Memphis, Tennessee (Tunica is about a 40 minute ride away) and I stayed at Harrah's Veranda Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi. After registering I went on the reception cruise on the Tunica Queen Riverboat on the Mississippi River.  Afterwards I went to the CBC Institute opening presentation, dinner and concert featuring Bobby Rush at the Horseshoe Casino & Hotel.

I played in the James E. Clyburn Golf Tournament at the Cottonwoods Golf Club on
Friday morning and participated on the energy panel later that afternoon.  All seminars were held at Harrah's Mid-South Convention Center.  Later I went to the concert featuring Musiq Soulchild at the Millennium Theatre at the Gold Strike Casino & Resort Hotel.

I played golf again Saturday morning at Tunica National Golf & Tennis club.  I attended a special forum sponsored by Congressman Benny Thompson on HUD programs in Mississippi. and the Congressional Member's Forum: Legislative Issues Impacting Our Communities.

Later I attended the closing ceremony and dinner at Harrah's Event Center.  Entertainment included Comedian Sister Lucille and Comedian George Wallace. 

On Sunday, I visited the Lorraine Motel, Graceland and the Stax Records Museum.



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