15 Jul

I have to be honest I am a fan of the CBCF, the staff that is. I got to know them over the years I was covering news in DC. Inevitably when I showed up for galas, I was one of the few Caucasians there. Between you and me, the more nice people for me to have a blast with. With all the ranting and raving I hear no-nothings go on about, I will admit, one has not lived until they cover a CBCF event. I had my Race Moments in other places but they lasted for seconds IF THAT. I will tell you why. Smiles and giggles just don’t take you there. I have been off the scene and be seen for a bit. When I received this media release from Muriel Cooper at the CBCF I had to share. THERE IS another voice out there to call upon. I found this statement artfully written, classy and exemplary of why I to this day adore Muriel and the class she brings to her role at the CBCF. If you want to nit pick- go there. But start looking past the voices Entertainment News has allowed to paint the portrait of controversy. There are amazing people I have met over the years. Politics can be set aside for Come-Together- Moments. I applaud the CBCF (www.cbcfinc.org) for reaching across the divide. And I applaud the US Black Chamber Of Commerce (http://usblackchamber.org/) We don’t have to agree on everything. We can agree to disagree.


May we all move towards a time where we don’t need a Black or White or Native Caucus but come together in one group as one nation indivisible under God as the Founding Fathers hoped America would be…




CBCF Statement on Decision In Trayvon Martin Trial  


WASHINGTON -The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is deeply saddened and disturbed by the gut wrenching decision of the Florida jury in finding George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Our prayers are with the Martin/Fulton families, and the millions who signed petitions, engaged in thoughtful discussions through social media and worked tirelessly to claim justice for a child who was killed after returning home from the store to purchase candy and iced tea.

While there are flaws in our system of justice, CBCF continues to believe in the judicial system of the United States. We also recognize that there is still much work to be done in re-examining laws which seemingly afford disparate protections under the law. As we fulfill our mission to develop leaders, inform policy and educate the public, CBCF encourages all Americans to become civically engaged and work with community groups, educators, faith institutions and legislators to closely examine our social and moral commitments toward the next generation.

We must not let this moment pass, but instead use it as a start to create the environment that Dr. Martin Luther King envisioned almost 50 years ago to the day “where you are not judged by the color of your skin, but the content of your character.” As we approach the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington and Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, we encourage each of you to join us Sept. 18-21, 2013, in Washington, DC for our Annual Legislative Conference. In light of the ruling in the Trayvon Martin case and the recent Supreme Court ruling on voting rights, it is clear that our pursuit for justice and civil rights continue. 



The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., was established in 1976 as a 

 nonpartisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and education institute to help improve the 

 socioeconomic circumstances of African Americans and other underserved communities.




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