BPC: Save the date for a date with ‘Auntie Maxine’
Rep. Maxine Waters, who has become the voice of resistance to Trump politics, will be the keynote speaker at the Black Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s annual banquet in September.
The Black Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg wanted a woman speaker for this year’s banquet, and Rep. Maxine Waters was on the top of the list even before she became an Internet sensation, said Colette Forrest, BPC Chair.
The BPC is backing Democratic candidate Vi Lyles in Charlotte’s mayoral race and wants to energize female voters leading into the primary elections, Forrest said Tuesday. “We were very intentional in going after a woman speaker and we have been blessed by God to be able to have Auntie Maxine.”
The congresswoman from Los Angeles has become a lightning rod for resistance to the politics of Trump. She has always been outspoken, even criticizing President Obama in 2011 for neglecting black communities, but her refusal to attend President Trump’s inauguration raised her national profile.
“I’m so offended by this president that I think it requires me to speak truth to power, to say it like it is and to be as honest as I possibly can about what I think about him being the president of this country,” Waters told Washington Post writer Jonathan Capehart.
First elected to Congress in 1990, Waters is a former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus and the longest-serving African-American woman in Congress. The moniker “Auntie Maxine” stuck when R. Eric Thomas wrote a piece titled “Congresswoman Maxine Waters will read you now” just days before the inauguration in which he likened Waters to “that auntie who got rich selling Avon and doesn’t really like your father.”
Internet memes and the hashtag, #auntiemaxine, spread across the Twitterverse and on Facebook. The 78-year-old Waters quickly became the face of resistance to Trump and has since become a much sought-after speaker and media interview.
“To get Congressman Maxine Waters is such a huge get,” Forrest said in a news release Sunday. “We could not have done it without the tireless help of Congresswoman Alma Adams, Ph.d, and Honorary Banquet Chair, Attorney James “Fergie” Ferguson II.”
Forrest also credits Rep. G. K. Butterfield for helping to close the deal. Adams (NC-12) represents the Charlotte area and Butterfield (NC-01) represents a sprawling area in the northeast corridor of the state; both are members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
The banquet committee is working on the details for ticket prices, location and sponsorship packages for the Sept. 2 banquet. An announcement will be made soon, Forrest said. Follow the BPC on Facebook for updates.
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