First lady taking Obama's place as Congressional Black Caucus speaker

It is the first lady’s first address to the group.

The speech will take place at the awards dinner concluding the four-day annual conference for the caucus in Washington, D.C. The foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy and research institute, but Obama has delivered fiery speeches to the group every year of his presidency. Last year during his speech, he asked for the group to help him push through the policy proposals included in his jobs bill.

"Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes," he said. "Shake it off. Stop complainin'. Stop grumblin'. Stop cryin'. We are going to press on. We have work to do."

Obama, busy on the campaign trail, will also need the votes represented by the group’s members in order to win reelection. The president typically polls around 95 percent support from black voters, with GOP challenger Mitt Romney taking zero percent in one recent poll, but he has faced grumbling that he has not done enough to help the community.

The unemployment rate among black Americans is still double the overall average, holding steady at 14.1 percent in August.

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