Remembering Representative Louis Stokes

Avoice mourns the passing of Representative Louis Stokes. Rep. Stokes was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the first African-American to represent the state of Ohio. We salute his dedication to public service and his countless contributions to legislative history. To learn more about his life and legacy, we invite you to take a look at our interview with this phenomenal leader.


Join Us in September at the 45th Annual Legislative Conference

Avoice Student Workshop

Date: Wednesday, September 18th Time: 9:00am-3:00pm Location: National Archives

Description: High-school students and their teachers will explore the legislative contributions of African Americans in Congress through an interactive workshop at the National Archives and Records and Administration in Washington, DC. The 2015 Avoice student workshop will focus on "Women of the CBC." The story of female leadership in the United States Congress is a remarkable story of perseverance and impact. As we mark the election of the 100th woman in Congress, Avoice will highlight the historic strides that African-American female members of Congress have made, particularly in healthcare legislation, featuring the exhibits and activities from the CBCF Avoice Virtual Library's For Educators Section available online. This year's workshop will also include a tour of the National Archives and a complimentary lunch.

Avoice Presents: Keep the Faith in Education: Rep. Adam Clayton Powell and the passage of ESEA

Date: Friday, September 19th Time: 10:00am-12:00pm Room: 209 c

Description: Avoice will take a look at the monumental passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). Rep. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. was the chair of the Education and Labor Committee at the times and was instrumental in its passage. From the Voting Rights Act to the Civil Rights Act, African-American legislators have led the discussion and worked with the community to maintain the legislation's effectiveness. Using materials curated on the Avoice web site, the panel will discuss the role of Rep. Powell and CBC members in the passage of this landmark legislation and also look at the recent CBC educational priorities.


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Fair Housing

Learn about the leadership of African-American legislators in the effort to eradicate discriminatory housing policies and practices.

Criminal Justice

Discover the history of CBC activism on criminal justice issues including police brutality, drug trafficking, sentencing and prison reform.

Education Policy

Explore CBC involvement in U.S. education policy and Elementary and Secondary Education Act milestones.

Environmental Justice

Discover the history of CBC activism on criminal justice issues including police brutality, drug trafficking, sentencing and prison reform.

Women of the CBC

Read about the important role that African American women played in the advancement of healthcare.

Anti-Apartheid Movement

Read about the important role CBC members played in dismantling apartheid in South Africa.

MLK, Jr. Holiday Bill

Look back at how the CBC led the charge for the creation of a federal holiday honoring the civil rights hero.

Voting Rights Act

Learn how the CBC has spent years fighting tirelessly to protect the voting rights of underrepresented people.

Origins of the CBC

Trace the history of the CBC with an in-depth look at exactly how, when and why the Caucus was initially formed.