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Congresswoman Plaskett’s Interview w/Ernice Gilbert of the VI Consortium

September 20, 2023

Today (Wed. 9/20) at 8:00am ET, Congresswoman Plaskett will be joined by the VI Consortium’s Ernice Gilbert in her Washington, DC office for an interview that will cover current matters, including her being chosen as an Honorary Co-Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus’s Annual Legislative Confere...

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