Collection 126 - Congressional Black Caucus : [Part 2]

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Congressional Black Caucus : [Part 2]


  • 1971 - present (Accumulation)

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As one of Howard University's major research facilities, the MSRC-Manuscripts Division collects, preserves, and makes available for research a wide range of resources chronicling the Black experience - including material on the Congressional Black Caucus.

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In January of 1969, newly-elected African American representatives of the 77th Congress joined six incumbents to form the Democratic Select Committee. The committee was renamed the Congressional Black Caucus, and the CBC was born in 1971. The CBC played an important role in anti-apartheid activities. The first bill concerning apartheid was introduced by the CBC in 1972 and urged the US government to withdraw financial support to the South African government. It encouraged universities and corporations to disinvest from South Africa. In 1985 Representative William Gray introduced the HR1460 bill prohibiting loans to, and new investments in, South Africa. Congress approved the bill one year later and it became known as the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986. Members of the CBC were active in rallies, not only in Washington DC but in their home districts as well.

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Congressional Black Caucus
2344 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Congressional Black Caucus
2344 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC
District of Columbia
United States of America

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