Catch U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond talking about race after tonight's State of the Union


U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond.
  • U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond.

The State of the Union address — the usually-annual policy speech the president delivers to Congress — returns tonight from its inauguration-year hiatus.

After the rhetoric (and clapping. endless clapping) winds down, a palate cleanser is available: you can catch Louisiana's very own U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond in a discussion about race and President Donald Trump with habitual New Orleans New Year's partier Don Lemon. The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) chair joins fellow members including U.S. Reps. Marcia Fudge, James E. Clyburn and Robin Kelly in a discussion that airs on CNN at 9:30 p.m. Central.

There is perhaps a higher degree of excitement than usual about this year's State of the Union because it's Trump's first; in the past his tendency to wander off-script has startled aides and many wonder if he'll stick to prepared remarks this evening.

There also are several rather sedate protests and demonstrations planned by lawmakers, including black garb on some women Democrats meant to call attention to sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement and red pins worn by CBC members to commemorate Recy Taylor, a black woman who was raped by white men whose attackers never stood trial. Taylor's granddaughter also will attend the address.

All the big networks usually stream the speech, along with the cable news channels and their websites — catch it almost anywhere online at 8 p.m.

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