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In 1971 the Congressional Black Caucus was formed.
Under President Richard Milhous Nixon. That's right.
What now? Where next?
Under a Trump Administration.
By Linda Presberry
Maxine Waters, California
from The District of Columbia's At-Large District
Barbara Jordan, Texas
The Congressional Black Caucus Political Education
& Leadership Institute
from Illinois' 1st District
Elijah Cummings, Maryland
Keith Ellison, Minnesota
from Pennsylvania's 2nd District
from New York's 18th District
In 1970 the CBC developed "A Report to the Nation" and a "Black Bill of Rights." Do you think it's time for the CBC to do
something like that again? ... And YOU said ...
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from California's 21st District
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Gwen Moore, Wisconsin
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13 Founding Mother & Fathers
The Congressional Black Caucus is a well-known political force in U.S. politics. It was founded in 1969 as the Democratic Select committee (DSC). And the root reason why it was founded can be traced back to one of the most infamous U.S. political figures of all time: President Richard Milhous Nixon.
In 1970, the then DSC sought to meet with President Richard Nixon in order to discuss the concerns of Blacks in the United States. However, the group was denied a meeting. As a result of this action, the DSC transitioned and became The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). And the CBC boycotted Nixon’s State of the Union address in February 1971.
Finally, a meeting was granted. The Congressional Black Caucus met with Nixon on March 25, 1971. At the meeting, the CBC made a total of sixty recommendations for executive action on a range of issues concerning Black America. The meeting gave the CBC visibility and confirmed the Congressional Black Caucus as a legislative voice for black Americans.
The president’s response to the concerns of the CBC came in the form of a 115-page report. However, the CBC felt that the report failed to introduce new policy about their concerns. As a result, CBC member Rep. Charles C. Diggs, Jr. (D-MI) presented the CBC's formal response on June 3, 1971. The response, entitled, "A Report to the Nation," expressed the CBC’s disappointment with the report and with the White House. Following their groundbreaking meeting with President Nixon, the CBC began sponsoring meetings and conferences around the country on significant issues affecting black Americans.
Since its inception in 1971, the CBC has introduced and sponsored legislation on a range of issues, including voting rights, employment, education, health care and foreign policy. CBC legislators have now worked diligently to advance black political interests in the United States for more than thirty-five years.
When the CBC was founded one of the first acts they did was to author a document titled “The Black Bill of Rights.” The documents was presented to Congress on June 5, 1972. It stated concerns about jobs, foreign policy, education, housing and urban problems, health, minority enterprise, drugs, penal reform, Democratic appointments, justice and civil rights, self-determination for the District of Columbia, and the military.
At that time, Congressman William Clay (D-MO), the Declaration proudly proclaimed, "We have no permanent friends, no permanent enemies—just permanent interests."
The same holds true today.
It will be interesting to see how the CBC interacts with the newly elected and appointed Trump administration.
What’s on their agenda, going forward? What kind of audience, reception and receptivity will the Trump administration provide to listen to and address the needs of Black America?
Is it time for the Congressional Black Caucus to prepare and present a new Black Bill of Rights?
Barbara Lee, California
from California's 7th District
from Illinois' 6th District
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