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The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses are honoring two men for their achievements in the African American community, Sam Gilliam and Tyler Perry.

Both renaissance men will be recognized during the 13th annual ‘Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts’ on September 23 at the National Museum of Women in Arts in Washington D.C. Gilliam and Perry will be recognized during the celebration from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. along with students pursuing careers in their respective fields. 20 students will be awarded scholarships at the program. The program will kick off the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual legislative conference.

Gilliam has paintings featured in some of the nation’s most prestigous musuems including the Art Institute of Chicago, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum. He is noted for being one of the world’s top color field painters.

When Tyler Perry’s not busy racking up honors and awards he’s preparing to turn the hit stage play, “For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf” into a movie. He will write, direct and produce the film and plans to release it in 2010. Filming begins in November in Atlanta.

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