Nine African-Americans were elected to Congress during this year’s Midterms, increasing the ranks of the Congressional Black Caucus to fifty-five members, a new record.

According to their website, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) was founded in 1971 as an advocacy group seeking equality for Black Americans, especially in under-served communities. The membership is composed of members of Congress. The goals and agenda outlined by the group are as follows:

  • The creation of universal access to a world-class education from birth through the post-secondary level;
  • The creation of universal access to quality, affordable health care and the elimination of racially based health disparities;
  • The creation of universal access to modern technology, capital and full, fairly-compensated employment;
  • The creation and or expansion of U.S. foreign policy initiatives that will contribute to the survival, health, education and general welfare of all peoples of the world in a manner consistent with universal human dignity, tolerance and respect, and such other legislative action as a majority of the entire CBC Membership may support.

Nine African-Americans were elected to Congress during this year’s midterm elections, increasing the ranks Congressional Black Caucus to fifty-five members, a new record.

 

In this July 8, 2016 file photo, then-Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. G. K. Butterfield, D-N.C., center, accompanied by, from left, Rep. Joyce Beatty , D-Ohio, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Butterfield, Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, D-N.Y., and Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. For almost eight years, the members of the Congressional Black Caucus existed in the shadow of the first black president, simultaneously praising President Barack Obama’s achievements while pushing him to do more for their constituents who overwhelmingly supported his history-making campaign and administration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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