Cedric R. Hendricks is an attorney based in Washington, DC. For the past ten years, he has worked as a senior executive at a federal criminal justice agency. He previously served for fifteen years as a staff attorney with the US House of Representatives, working for the Judiciary, Post Office and Civil Service, Government Reform and Oversight, and Education and the Workforce Committees. For over the past twenty-five years, Cedric R. Hendricks has worked closely with Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) on Jazz-related legislative and policy initiatives. Among his accomplishments with Mr. Conyers has been the development and passage in 1987 of House Concurrent Resolution 57, which designated Jazz as a “rare and valuable national American treasure.” This was followed by the 1989 passage of legislation designating May 25th, the birthday of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, as National Tap Dance Day. In 1991, they successfully secured federal funding to establish the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Most recently, he worked with Mr. Conyers on the development and August 2011 introduction of HR 2823, the National Jazz Preservation and Education Act.