The Congressional Black Caucus Institute, incorporated in 2000, is a non-profit, non-partisan, social purpose organization operating under the IRS designation of 501 (c)(4). The CBC Institute was constituted with a self-directed mandate to pay particular attention to the delivery of timely and relevant voter information, and to create voter advocacy programs as well as assure the provision of appropriate education, training and leadership development opportunities for minorities.
Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (MS-02) chairs the CBC Institute’s Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is comprised of three Members of the Congressional Black Caucus and other dedicated professional leaders who represent academia, business, finance, law, labor and public and private organizations.
Programs and Initiatives
The Institute has a very active program operation, which includes:
- An annual policy conference held in Tunica, Miss., that brings together individuals from all parts of the United States to hear experts discuss issues that impact their communities.
- The 21st Century Council, which holds its annual meeting in South Carolina each winter, is a membership organization comprised of academicians, business leaders, labor representatives and policy advocates committed to identifying, exploring and researching major policy issues affecting the nation.
- The annual training program “Boot Camp,” is a nine-day intensive program designed to prepare the next generation of African American and other minorities for public and private sector leadership roles.
The CBC Institute, as a non-partisan, non-profit organization, is dedicated to issue awareness, and the delivery of timely and relevant voter information. For example:
- In 2004, the Institute began hosting voter education events at National Conventions, including town hall meetings during the Democratic and Republic Conventions;
- In 2004 and 2008, the Institute hosted Presidential Primary Debates with major media partners; and
- During the last 12 years, the Institute has convened meetings with leaders across the country and toured local communities to see first hand how the actions of national elected officials impact the quality of life for their constituents.
The CBC Institute’s Mission and Motto” Educating Today’s Voters and Training Tomorrow’s Political Leaders” guides the program activities of the organization. This Mission is defined and accomplished in the following manner:
- Educating Voters – The primary activities of the Institute geared to educating voters include: (1) research and analysis relating to the redistricting process and the preservation of minority voting representation; and (2) conducting public policy conferences, town hall meetings, presidential primary debates, and other programs which advocate public policy engagement, voter participation and education
- Training Tomorrow’s Political Leaders –The Mission is two-fold: (a) to create opportunities for young African American and other minorities whose backgrounds, interests, and aspirations guide them toward public service and (b) generating a cadre of minority professionals who are well-qualified with regard to public and private sector policy issues and the conduct of successful political campaigns. This mission is accomplished by the conduct of an annual intensive 10- day training program “Boot Camp”. Boot Camp graduates, now totaling nearly 400 as of July, 2010, have assumed responsible roles in their communities, including holding elected offices, managing major political campaigns, serving as program directors and community leaders, as well as becoming highly regarded professionals in their respective public and private sector positions. In addition, the Institute has also held and is prepared to hold a short term (one to two day) Boot Camp program on college campuses