President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend 40th annual ALC Conf. Phoenix Awards Dinner

*Last weekend, political figures including President Barack Obama and NAACP President Ben Jealous attended the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to celebrate the 40th annual Annual Legislative Conference Awards Ceremony.

Eric Holder, United States Attorney General, Professor Lia Epperson Jealous and her husband Benjamin T. Jealous, President & CEO NAACP

Presented by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the conference was a packed weekend full of various issues Black Congressmen and women should focus on this upcoming season. The dinner included a speech given by President Barack Obama which aimed at rallying leaders to carry out the initiatives set throughout the ALC. Below are more pictures from the awards ceremony.

Valerie Jarrett, White House Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement

Danny Bakewell Sr., Publisher of The Los Angeles Sentinel, Chairman of NNPA Board of Directors

Hon. Darryl Towns, NY State Assemblyman and wife Karen Boykin Towns, Pfizer

ESSENCE Editor-In-Chief Angela Burt-Murray

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

All pictures were taken by Margot L. Jordan ([email protected]) .