Congressional Black Caucus Celebrates 40 Years


I t has been four decades since 13 legislators made history with the establishment of the Congressional Black Caucus. Marking the caucus’ 40th anniversary, former and current members of the organization, which has tripled in size to 43 members, gathered in the U.S. Capitol in the Statuary Hall to toast the milestone. Considered the conscience of Congress, the CBC is one of the most powerful forces in Democratic politics in the House – even seeing one of its own elected president.

Founding Congressional Black Caucus Members (3rd from left, Louis Stokes, Walter Fauntroy, 5th from left, and Charles Rangel, 6th from left) are surrounded by current and former members of the CBC, who gathered in the U.S. Capitol in Statuary Hall to toast the 40th anniversary of the caucus.

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