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CBCF President Responds to Removal of Confederate Battle Flag from South Carolina Statehouse

WASHINGTON—A. Shuanise Washington, president and chief executive officer of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) today released the following statement on the South Carolina legislature's decision to remove the Confederate battle flag from statehouse grounds.

"The CBCF commends the efforts of South Carolina lawmakers for taking action to take down a divisive symbol in our history. As a native of South Carolina, the flag was a reminder of a time of deep segregation and intimidation for African Americans.