Congressional Black Caucus Swears In Its Largest Group In History

Congressional Black Caucus Swears In Its Largest Group In History

January 6, 2023 0

the Congressional Black Caucus of the 118th Congress was formally swore in on Tuesday, Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.) replacing the outgoing Speaker of the House. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) has as the “conscience of Congress.” 

Horsford said the new CBC will have the opportunity to further the vision of the first CBC in 50 years, when it had just 13 members, including Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-NY) as the only woman. 

The total number of CBC members 58 – which includes nine new sworn-in members, including Maxwell Frost (D-Fla.), the first member of Generation Z and the only Afro-Cuban in Congress, and rep. Summer Lee (D-Pa.), the first black woman elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Administering the oath for this ceremony was US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Marsha Fudge.

 “For more than 50 years, the Congressional Black Caucus has been the conscience of Congress, and the Ethics Center which has worked to ensure that this institution never forgets the members of the community who have shed blood, sweat, and tears to build the legend of this country,” Fudge said. 

“CBC, I don’t know if we need you more than we  need you right now,” continued. “We need you to be that credible and secured voice for the voiceless; to ensure that the people of this country are never silenced, marginalized or forgotten. I am confident that you will begin this 118th Congress grounded by the generations of activists who fought for justice and equality.”

Marsha Fudge, US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Members of The newest and largest CBC in history took time to express their gratitude to some of the most influential Black lawmakers in the caucus.

“We all stand on the shoulders of giants like Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Shirley Chisholm, Luke Stokes, Barbara Jordan, John Lewis, Elijah Cummings, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Bill Gray and of course, the Honorable James E. Clyburn, I am proud to stand on your shoulders.”

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) (Newly appointed head of the House Democrats) 

For Joyce Beatty, who steps down as chairwoman, Tuesday’s swearing in was “particularly meaningful” after two years of political crises and added her work with the caucus is not yet finished.

“I promise you I’ll keep pushing and I’ll keep fighting as we embark on this second half of the century with the largest Congressional Black Caucus in history. Our power, our message.” said Joyce Beatty

You can learn more about the CBC & The CBCF’s Scholarship Application below:

Congressional Black Caucus

CBCF Scholarship Application

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