Congressional Black Caucus

Since 1971, the Congressional Black Caucus has considered itself to be the “conscience of the Congress.” Thirteen Black lawmakers who represented large cities founded the group to work collectively on African-American issues. It has since grown to include 43 members from rural and urban districts. Despite losses in the 2010 midterm election cycle that returned Democrats to the minority party, several CBC members have maintained key leadership positions, including Rep. James Clyburn, who serves as Assistant Democratic Leader.

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CBC and Others Urge Obama Administration to Appoint Police Czar

Leaders offer steps to improve police-community relations.

Can the Tragedy in Ferguson Jumpstart a Movement?

Lawmakers hope African-Americans have been spurred to engage.

This Day in Black History: Aug. 15, 1938

California Rep. Maxine Waters was born in Kinloch, Missouri, on Aug. 15, 1938.

Obama Calls for 'Peace and Calm' in Ferguson

The president said now is the time for healing as officials investigate Michael Brown's tragic death.

Black Women in the Military Win Pentagon Hair War

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announces revisions to military grooming policies.

Obama Weighs In on Death of Michael Brown

President Obama offers condolences to the slain teenager's family and community.
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