NEWS
09/17/2016 09:38 EDT | Updated 09/18/2017 01:12 EDT

Obama, Clinton will attend Congressional Black Caucus gala

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will deliver his final keynote address on Saturday night to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, while the person he hopes will succeed him, Hillary Clinton, will be honoured for becoming the first female presidential nominee of a major party.

Obama is expected to highlight areas of progress during his two terms as president and why he believes Clinton is the candidate most likely to continue that work.

Obama will undoubtedly thank lawmakers in the caucus for their support over his two terms as the nation's first black president. In a tight presidential race, Clinton is hoping that African-Americans turn out like they did for Obama's victories when they comprised 13 per cent of the electorate.

The awards dinner raises money for the foundation's efforts funding scholarships and research.