Leading Congressional Democrat to speak in Tampa in November

Clyburn is the Assistant Democratic Leader, the third-ranking Democrat in the House behind House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, and most significantly, is a member of the Congressional super committee tasked with creating a proposal to cut $1.5 trillion from the federal deficit.

That select committee consists of six Democrats and six Republicans, split between the House and Senate.

Clyburn also is weighing in on the Occupy Wall Street movement, telling the Wall Street Journal on Monday that he considers it "the most heartwarming thing I've seen since President Obama's election."

He also disagreed who says the movement is inchoate, and says that many of those he marched with during the civil rights era weren't exactly always able to articulate the reasons they were marching.

"They all knew something was wrong," he said. "They knew that it just wasn't right to have to get up out of your seat and give some white person your seat on a bus. They may not be able to explain to you exactly why I'm out here marching; they may not even be able to relate that lunch counter to that city bus or to a ride on the train or to walking down the sidewalk having to step off the sidewalk when approached by a white person, which was the order of the day."

Again, Clyburn will speak at the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award Luncheon on November 11, at 11:30 a.m. at Higgins Hall in Tampa, 5225 N. Himes Avenue.

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South Carolina Democratic Representative James Clyburn, the highest ranking black member in Congress, will be coming to Tampa next month to speak.

Clyburn will be coming to town to speak at the 8th Annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award Luncheon, hosted by the Gulf Ridge Council and the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday, November 8.

The event will take place at Higgins Hall at 11:30 a.m. The 2011 recipients of the Young Award are Judge Chris Altenbernd of the Second District Court of Appeal, a current Scoutmaster of Troop 100 at Academy Prep Center in Ybor, Earl Silas from the Tampa Police Department, the Cub Master of Pack 1952 in Sulpher Springs, and the gang that are our Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners.

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