- Published: Wednesday, 21 January 2009 16:00
- Written by Hazel Trice Edney, NNPA Editor-In-Chief
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The 41-member Congressional Black Caucus, which often describes itself as the "conscience of the Congress," is anticipating a power surge next week as one of its former members takes the oath of office as president of the United States.
"As I stand here today, I can tell you with certainty that these 41 members of the Congressional Black Caucus recognizes that this is our moment," said U. S. Rep. Barbara Lee, the new chairwoman of the 40-year-old caucus at the group's ceremonial swearing in last week.
Recalling the mission of the 13 founding members of the CBC as being "to achieve greater equity for persons of African decent," Lee, of California, told the audience of hundreds in ...