July 19, 2016 – Cleveland, OH, The Black Republican Caucus of Florida in concert with the National Black Caucus of State Legislators proudly hosted the Inaugural Cocktails at the Convention. With the help of sponsors: Pfizer, The GEO Group and Cruzan Rum, Cocktails at the Convention was a major success. This reception was the largest gathering of Black Republicans the Republican National Convention has ever witnessed. Such dignitaries in attendance included: Dr. Ben Carson, Omarosa Manigault, Former LT. Governor Michael Steele, Former Congressman Allen West, UT GOP Chairman James Evans, Armstrong Williams, Kansas State Representative Willie Dove to name a few. Chairman Jackson along with NBCSL President, Senator Catherine Pugh were proud to welcome over 200 guests to what quickly became dubbed the “hottest reception at the Convention”.