Congressional Black Caucus

Black History and America’s Capitol

This February, Black History Month marks its 41st year as a monthlong tradition. Explore the history of this reflective and celebratory time with lawmakers and other Capitol Hill figures who discuss the intersection of black history and the U.S. Capitol building and its surrounding city.

Clarke, Richmond Officially Running for Black Caucus Chairmanship
Other CBC leaders also look to move up the ladder

New York Rep. Yvette D. Clarke is seeking the chairmanship of the Congressional Black Caucus. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Reps. Yvette D. Clarke of New York and Cedric L. Richmond of Louisiana have both officially filed their intent to run for the chairmanship of the Congressional Black Caucus, according to a notice obtained by Roll Call. 

The CBC will elect its chairman and other leaders during an organizational meeting Wednesday around noon, following leadership elections for the  House Democratic Caucus. The CBC is mostly comprised of House Democrats, but Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love and New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker are also members. 

Black Caucus Members Slam Trump's Debate Performance
Rep. Barbara Lee calls presidential race a 'referendum on bigotry'

New York Rep. Gregory W. Meeks called Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's birther remarks "racist." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday slammed Donald Trump for his debate performance Monday night, particularly his views on criminal justice and for continuing to promote untruths about President Barack Obama's place of birth.

Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, the chairman of the CBC's political action committee, criticized the Republican presidential nominee's remarks about Obama's birth certificate as "racist."

MIA: The Black Men Who Ought to Have Shown Up for Donna Edwards
Even the president was seen as supporting Chris Van Hollen, who won on Tuesday

Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., after a Maryland Senate candidate forum with Rep. Chris Van Hollen earlier this month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Before the fractious Maryland Democratic primary battle between Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen ended in defeat for Edwards on Tuesday night, it laid bare the depth of America’s problems with race and gender.

If Edwards had been a white male, the campaign would have been portrayed from the start as an interesting but lower-key race between two progressive members of Congress. But Edwards is a black woman, so identity politics were pushed front and center.

Rush Wins Primary, Other Black Caucus Members Also Face Challenges
Ethical problems, political ambition and redistricting put some CBC seats in peril

Rush, left, speaks with Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., in January. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Long-time Rep. Bobby L. Rush survived a primary challenge on March 15, and he’s just the first in a series of Congressional Black Caucus members facing an opponent from within the Democratic Party.

Rush won the Illinois primary 71-19 percent over Chicago Alderman Howard Brookins Jr. for the South Side seat.