From the Chair
It is my great honor and privilege to serve as the 23rd Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
For more than 140 years and before the CBC was founded, African Americans elected to Congress have felt a responsibility to be the voice of the Black community among their peers.
Often faced with violent opposition in Washington, DC and within the communities of which they were a part, Black Members of Congress have relied on a combination of legislative tactics and grassroots, community-based initiatives to bring attention and positive change to issues of social and economic injustice. During the 113th Congress, the CBC will continue to lead this charge.
In the 21st Century, African Americans and other communities of color continue to be disproportionately and disparately impacted by poverty, environmental, justice and healthcare challenges. And though the Constitution granted all Americans the right to vote, we are once again working to protect it. Through a combination of legislative and community efforts, and with your help these obstacles can be overcome.
As you read through our website that outlines the CBC’s history and our legislative agenda, I hope it is clear how though times have changed, the commitment to our mission has not. All Members of the CBC are dedicated to maintaining our reputation as the “Conscience of the Congress”.
As Chair, I look forward to hearing from you on ways we can better direct the efforts of our Members.
We are here to serve you and we look forward to the progress we’ll make together.
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11)
Chair, Congressional Black Caucus