Courtesy of Nicole Venable

Congressional Black Caucus Week, also known as the Annual Legislative Conference, is here! Check out The Root's guide to select events around Washington, D.C., from Sept. 21-24 — ranging from town halls and networking receptions to invitation-only parties.

Wednesday, Sept. 21

Registration/Ticketing Open
Location: D.C. Convention Center
Time: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

CPAR Future Focus
Location: D.C. Convention Center
Time: 12  to 5 p.m.

GSM Issue Forum — National Youth Leadership Town Hall
Location: D.C. Convention Center, Room 143-B
Time: 12 to 2 p.m.

Green for All VIP Reception (Invite Only)
Location: Capitol Visitors Center
Time: 4 to 5 p.m.

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Leadership Reception Honoring Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, Chair of the CBC
Location: U.S. Institute of Peace (2301 Constitution Ave., NW 20037)
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Reception Honoring Rep. Terri Sewell and Frederica Wilson (Invite Only)
Location: The Library of Congress (James Madison Memorial Building, Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave., SE)
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

CBC Spouses 15th Annual Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts
Location: National Museum of Women in the Art (1250 New York Ave., NW 20005)
Time: 8 to 10:30 p.m.

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Thursday, Sept. 22

CBC Spouses Community Breakfast and Health Fair
Location: So Others Might Eat (71 "O" St., NW 20001)
Time: 7 to 10:30 a.m.

Registration/Ticketing Open
Location: D.C. Convention Center
Time: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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National Town Hall:  Economic Opportunity, Jobs!
Location: D.C. Convention Center
Time: 9 to 11:30 a.m.

GSM Issue Forum — the Homelessness Experience of African-American Veterans
Location: D.C. Convention Center, Room 143-B
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

AT&T Buffet Luncheon Honoring Rep. Andre Carson (Invite Only)
Location: B Smith's, Union Station Street Level, East Hall
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Black Elected Officials Roundtable and Luncheon
Location: D.C. Convention Center
Time: 12 to 2:30 p.m.

Exhibit Showcase Open
Location: D.C. Convention Center
Time: 12 to 7 p.m.

Emerging Leaders: Instant Apprentice Power Luncheon
Location: D.C. Convention Center
Time: 12:30 to 2 p.m.

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Networking Luncheon
Location: D.C. Convention Center
Time: 12:30 to 2 p.m.

GSM Issue Forum
Education Braintrust — Ensuring African-American Students Get the Education They Deserve: A Frank Discussion of Major Issues
Location: D.C. Convention Center, Room 147-B
Time: 1:30 to 5 p.m.

The Unveiling of the Official Portrait of the Honorable Charles B. Rangel (Chairman Emeritus, Committee on Ways and Means) (Invite Only)
Location: 1100 Longworth HOB
Time: 4 to 6:30 p.m.

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Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (The Boulé) Reception (Invite Only)
Location: The Office of Skadden Arps, LLP (1440 New York Ave.)
Time: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Reception Honoring Rep. Carrie Meek (Invite Only)
Location: Embassy Suites D.C. Convention Center, Room C/D (900 10th St., NW)
Time: 6 p.m. until …

Conversation With CBC Founders
Location: Renaissance Hotel (999 Ninth St., NW 20001)
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

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Impact — Preview '11 A Red Carpet Affair (Invite Only)
Location: The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW)
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) Legislative Networking Reception
Location: Westin City Center Hotel (1400 M St., NW)
Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

AT&T Reception Honoring Rep. Bobby Rush, Featuring Donald Lawrence & Co.
Location: Grand Hyatt Constitution Ballroom
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.

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Emerging Leaders Reception
Location: Renaissance Hotel (999 Ninth St., NW 20001)
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Gospel Extravaganza
Location: United House of Prayer for All People (601 M St., NW 20001)
Time: 8 to 10:30 p.m.

Jazz Concert
Location: D.C. Convention Center
Time: 8 to 10:30 p.m.

Meet the Press
Location: The Park @ Fourteenth
Time: 8 p.m. to midnight

4th Annual Sisterhood Congressional Reception (Invite Only)
Location: The National Museum of Women in the Arts (1250 New York Ave., NW)
Time: 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

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The Root and Impact’s '30 Americans' Event (Invite Only)
Location: The Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St., NW
Time: 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Friday, Sept. 23

National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) Executive Committee Congressional Breakfast (Invite Only)
Location: Rayburn Building, Room B-354
Time: 8 to 10 a.m.

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Exhibit Showcase
Location: D.C. Convention Center
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

CBCF and CBC Women Present: Bridging the Gap: From Civil Rights to Cyber-Activism
Location: D.C. Convention Center, Room 144-BC
Time: 9 to 11:50 a.m.

The Black Women's Agenda, Inc. 34th Annual Symposium Luncheon
Location: Grand Hyatt Independence Ballroom (1000 H St., NW)
Time: 11:30 a.m. until …

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General Session Luncheon
Location: D.C. Convention Center
Time: 12 to 2 p.m.

The Miseducation of Capitol Hill? Reforming Education Policy (Moderated by The Root’s Cynthia Gordy)
Location: D.C. Convention Center
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.

CBCF's Chair Reception Honoring Rep. Donald Payne
Location: D.C. Convention Center
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.

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The National Black Law Students Association Presents the 8th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Networking & Alumni Reception
Location: City Club of Washington at Columbia Square (555 13th St., NW)
Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Missouri Walk of Fame Reception and Award Presentation (Invite Only)
Location: Red Cross Building, Board of Governors Room (430 17th St.)
Time: 6:30 to 9 p.m.

"A Teachable Moment in American History," A Salute to the 150th Anniversary of African-American Participation in the Civil War (followed by a screening of the film Glory)
Location: 4200 Connecticut Ave., NW
Time: 7 p.m. until …

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Saturday, Sept. 24

Prayer Breakfast
Location: D.C. Convention Center
Time: 7:30 to 10 a.m.

Exhibit Showcase
Location: D.C. Convention Center
Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Faith Leaders Roundtable: Black Activism in the Time of Obama
Location: D.C. Convention Center
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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GSM Issue Forum
(Not for Sistahs Only) Real Talk, Real Women: Balancing Resources, Relationships, and Responsibilities
Location: Washington Convention Center, Room 140-A
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

GSM Luncheon - INVITATION-ONLY
Location:
Clyde's of Gallery Place
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.

Planned Parenthood Brunch Reception (Invite Only)
Location: Acadiana (901 New York Ave., NW)
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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The Collins-Johnson Group, the Saturday Brunch (Invite Only)
Location: Bourbon Steak The Four Seasons Hotel (2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW)
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

McDonald's Corp. and the PNC Financial Services Group Honoring CBCF Chairman Donald Payne (Invite Only)
Location: District Chophouse & Brewery (509 Seventh St., NW)
Time: 12 to 2 p.m.

CBCF Soul Food Luncheon (Invite Only)
Location: Renaissance Hotel (999 Ninth St., NW 20001)
Time: 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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2011 Georgia Reception Honoring Reps. Lewis, Bishop, Scott and Johnson (Invite Only)
Location: The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave., NW
Time: 3 to 5 p.m.

VIP Reception (Ticketed)
Location: D.C. Convention Center
Time: 5 to 6 p.m.

Phoenix Awards Dinner (Ticketed)
Location: D.C. Convention Center
Time: 6 to 9:30 p.m.

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Sunday, Sept. 25

Annual Education Scholarship Cruise and Brunch Honoring CBCF Chairman Donald Payne (Invite Only)
Location: Aboard the Odyssey Gangplank Marina (Sixth and Water Sts., SW)
Time: Boarding, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; cruise, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.