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Activities at the 2022 CBCF Conference Highlight Urgency of Fighting for Reproductive Rights 

Washington, D.C. - Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund will host their ninth annual brunch during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) 51st Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). As part of the event, the Action Fund will honor congressional leaders, influencers, partners, and advocates who are dedicated to fighting for our health and rights, as well as creating a more equitable world for our communities. 

This year’s honorees are:

Champion of Reproductive Health Award: Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO)

Reproductive State Legislative Champion Award: Delegate Danielle Walker (51st District-West Virginia)  

Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award: Marcela Howell - Founder/President, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda

Reproductive Health Champion Artist Award: Actress Lynn Whitfield

Corporate Champion of Reproductive Health Award: Amalgamated Bank 

Youth Champion of Reproductive Health Award: Kyndall Jones, President and Robyn Hughes, Vice President Southern University Planned Parenthood Generation Action at Southern University and A&M College

Community Champion Award: Ebonie C. Riley, National Action Network

Statement from Alexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 

“The Supreme Court failed this country by stripping away the constitutional right to abortion for millions of people by overturning Roe v. Wade.  This resulted in an unconscionable, widespread loss of abortion access and threw the nation into an unprecedented health crisis. It has deepened long-standing inequities that continue to create unnecessary, unacceptable barriers that keep Black people from the comprehensive health care they need and deserve. We are grateful for community champions, reproductive rights and justice warriors, influencers, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus that stand in solidarity with us as we double down on our commitment to fight for access to reproductive health care.”

Statement from Nourbese Flint, senior director of Black Leadership and Engagement, Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

“At Planned Parenthood Action Fund, our mission is to ensure that affordable, quality, and equitable health care is available to all communities. And our mission is not attainable unless we prioritize the health and wellness of Black women, who so often are closest to the pain due to systemic racism. We know the road to success will be long and often hard but it is important to take time to honor the people who stand with Black women, our families, and our communities in the fight for the freedom to choose if, how, and when we have children. This work takes all of us, so it is imperative that we continue to work hand in hand with our partners to build and strengthen communities.”

This year, Planned Parenthood Action Fund is sponsoring activities organized by Amplify Action Fund, a nonpartisan organization with a mission to increase the electoral power and participation of Black men. A panel discussion is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at Georgia Browns, 950 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C., DC 20005.

The event will highlight ways that Black men can serve as allies and advocates for reproductive rights. Speakers include:

  • Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and president, National Action Network
  • Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY)
  • Rep. Colin Allred (D-TX)

Statement from Brandon Upson, co-founder of Amplify Action Fund:

"Our work at Amplify Action has been our love letter to Black women. This partnership with Planned Parenthood Action Fund to engage Black men in the health and reproductive justice movement is an evolution of our work and a signal of the growing strength of this movement."

Statement from Eld. Ra Shad Frazier-Gaines, co-founder of Amplify Action Fund:

"We're at a crossroads in society. Do I continue to watch my friends, neighbors, and family be disrespected and railroaded? Or do I get up and do something? We all know what time it is, the question is are we 'the individuals' going to forge through discomfort so that America can be comfortable for every citizen? Our women deserve better. Our children deserve everything. Our men must do better and more."

From Wednesday, Sept. 28 to Friday, Sept. 30, Planned Parenthood Federation of America will have a booth at the CBCF ALC’s exhibit showcase at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where people are invited to find out the various services offered by Planned Parenthood clinics.


Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational, advocacy, and limited electoral activity, including grassroots organizing, legislative advocacy, and voter education.