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 Members React to Grand Jury Decision in Eric Garner Case

Black lawmakers are hurt and angry about the decision to not indict in the Eric Garner case.

Four Lawmakers Use 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Gesture on House Floor

Politicians, athletes take a stand for communities of color.

Black Lawmakers Against Recognition of Va. Tribe

The Congressional Black Caucus members are calling for the Justice Department to investigate any discriminatory practices by the tribe, including its history of banning intermarriage with blacks.

BET Wire: Obama Defies GOP on Immigration Reform

President Obama defies Republicans to issue executive orders on immigration; Sen. Ted Cruz says the White House must be smoking marijuana; North Carolina Rep. G.K. Butterfield will be the Congressional Black Caucus's new leader; and more.

This Day in Black History: Nov. 30, 1924

On this day in black history, we celebrate the life and achievements of the first Black congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm.

BET Wire: The Elephants in the Room

Congressional Democrats reach their lowest point in the polls while Republicans are counting the days until they're in complete control; Rep. Jim Clyburn fears that attempts to impeach President Obama will soon follow; immigration could complicate...
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