Our History

  • 1970

    African-American lawmakers hold their first Annual Legislative Conference

  • 1971

    Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is established by 13 members of the 92nd United States Congress

  • 1976

    Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) founded as a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research and educational institute

  • 1983

    CBC members and their communities led the movement to make the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a federal holiday

  • 1986

    CBCF launches its Internship Program to give future black leaders an opportunity to work in public service

  • 1988

    CBCF’s Scholarship Program begins providing financial assistance to gifted motivated students in CBC districts

  • 1992

    Annual Mervyn L. & Stephanie Tubbs Jones Memorial Scholarship Classic is first held to raise money for the burgeoning Scholarship Program

  • 2002

    CBCF purchases its four-story building on Washington, D.C.’s Embassy Row

  • 2006

    CBCF’s Katrina Relief Fund donates more than $250,000 to rebuild Louisiana and Mississippi communities

  • 2006

    The Avoice Virtual Library Project launched

  • 2009

    Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI) is launched to educate the public on social justice issues related to HIV

  • 2010

    The Spirit of Health Living initiative begins supporting faith-based education on Type-2 diabetes prevention and care

  • 2013

    $4 million invested in African-American owned banks to spur economic development in black communities.

  • 2014

    China Study Abroad Program is created to provide international exploration to CBC students in member districts

  • 2014

    Center for Analysis and Research (CPAR) is created to identify, analyze and disseminate policy-related information

  • 2014

    CBCF launches Emerge 535 to place 535 African-American interns on Capitol Hill

  • 2015

    CBCF launches Policy Now, a virtual community engaged in public policy issues that impact black communities

  • 2015

    Executive Economic Summit Series created to address access to capital for African American-owned firms and other Minority Business Enterprises.

  • 2016

    CPAR launches environmental sustainability initiatives to analyze best practices and policy solutions that affect African Americans.

  • 2018

    CBCF releases first-ever multidisciplinary journal, the Journal of the Center for Policy Analysis and Research.