The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation wants to thank Dell, Inc., who provided the initial funding for this project. We would also like to thank our other partners for making this project possible—The University of Texas at Austin (our technical partner) and the Moorland-Spingarn Center-Manuscripts Division at Howard University (our content partner). Thanks are also due to the members of the Congressional Black Caucus, especially Rep. John Conyers who assisted with research documents and pictures, and to the Avoice Advisory Board:

  • Hon. Elijah Cummings
  • Hon. Shelia Jackson Lee
  • Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson
  • Shuanise Washington, President and CEO, CBC Foundation, Inc.
  • William Branch, Archivist, DC Archives
  • Adrienne Cannon, Ph.D., Library of Congress-Manuscript Division
  • Kevin Clark, Ph.D., Technology Specialist, George Mason University
  • Shelia Flemming Hunter, Ph.D., Founder and President, The Black Rose Foundation for Children, Inc.
  • William Kirk, Esq., Partner, Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds LLP
  • Endi Piper, Esq., Director of Business and Legal Affairs, TV One, LLC

Thanks also to Avoice Virtual Library past and present staff and consultants:

  • Adrena Ifill, Avoice Project Director
  • D’shawna C Bernard, Avoice Project Associate
  • Allison Kootstra , Research Consultant
  • R. Maria Marable-Bunch, Education Consultant
  • Kenyatta Albeny, Research Consultant
  • Sarah Shoenfeld, Research Consultant (past)
  • Elsie Scott, Ph.D. Former President and CEO, CBC Foundation Inc.(past)
  • Enchanta A Jackson, Project Associate (past)
  • Vanessa Bean, Intern (past)

Thank you for visiting the Avoice online project. This website is being continuously updated with new exhibits, multimedia, and much more.