The Elementary and Secondary Education Act Revisited

Often hailed as the conscience of the Congress, the Congressional Black Caucus has remained a pillar for minorities across the United States. The Origins of the CBC exhibit walks us through the beginnings of this phenomenal group that has changed the course of legislative history. On June 3, 1971 Representative Charles C. Diggs, Jr. (D-MI) presented to the house the CBC’s formal response to President Nixon post State of the Union address. Their response, entitled, “A Report to the Nation,” directly addressed the status of black America. This momentous occasion, was only the beginning of blacks in Congress advocating for acknowledgment and sponsoring progressive legislation that benefited the underrepresented population. Shortly after this address, the Congressional Black Caucus embarked on a campaign that allowed members to engage constituents on a new level! Take a moment to browse our exhibit on the Origins of the Congressional Black Caucus and learn more about the role that they played in crafting legislative history.

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