Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), chairman of the CBC, has formed an alliance with past NNPA Chairman Danny J. Bakewell Sr. and NNPA President Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. to ensure that Black media plays a role in sharing important news about government with the communities that they serve.
Newly Elected Chair Vows To Make Inclusion of the Black Press a Key Component in Preserving Rights of African Americans
By Danny J. Bakewell, Jr.
Los Angeles Sentinel
Congressman Cedric Richmond has been a congressman in New Orleans for the past six years. During his tenure, he has experienced some of the best and worst times in the country and has had a front row seat for all of the action.
Now, the 43-year-old congressman has taken on a new challenge as the newly-elected chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), one of the most powerful coalitions in the nation.
When asked why he decided to take on this role the congressman explained: “I have always been interested in serving as Chair of the Caucus, but over the Thanksgiving holiday, I began to contemplate what life was going to look like in the new environment of the Trump Administration and realized that the CBC was going to have to take the lead roll in ensuring African Americans have a loud and active voice.”
The congressman felt he was up to the challenge, and in November, his colleagues in the House of Representatives and in the United States Senate elected him to serve as chairman of the caucus.
Richmond knows that the next two years are going to be crucial and that the only way things are going to get accomplished for African Americans and other disenfranchised communities, is if the leadership and members of the caucus have strategic thinking, strategic planning and strategic execution.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi asked that all Democrats defer to senior members in crucial leadership roles. Congressman Richmond didn’t see this request as a deterrent from running to lead the CBC and ultimately becoming chairman... Read Feb. 24, 2017's Issue Here.