Congressional Black Caucus

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The Congressional Black Caucus (or CBC) is a congressional caucus consisting of African-American members of the U.S. Congress.



The CBC was formed in 1969 when the 13 African-American members of the U.S. House of Representatives joined to strengthen their efforts in addressing the legislative concerns of black and minority citizens. The original founders believed that an African-American caucus in Congress, speaking with a single voice, would provide political influence and visibility far beyond their numbers. [1]


Since the formation of the CBC, the group's core mission has been to close (and, ultimately, eliminate) disparities that exist between African-Americans and white Americans in every aspect of life. In pursuing this goal, the CBC maintains that it "has no permanent friends and no permanent enemies, just permanent interests." During the 109th Congress, the CBC listed the following specific goals which it would pursue: [2]

  • Closing the achievement and opporunity gaps in education.
  • Assuring quality healthcare for every American.
  • Focusing on employment and economic security, building wealth, business, and development.
  • Ensuring justice for all.
  • Guaranteeing retirement security for all Americans.
  • Increasing equity in foreign policy. [3]

Quotes regarding the mission of the CBC from member, Rep. William Lacy Clay:

"We have racial policies to pursue and we are pursuing them"

"Primarily, we are concerned with the needs and concerns of the black population, and we will not allow white America to infringe on those objectives."


During the 109th Congress, the leadership of the CBC consisted of the following members of Congress. [4]

Other members of the CBC included:


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2236 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
phone: 202-226-9776
fax: 202-225-1512