The National Black Caucus of State Legislators is the nation's premier organization representing and serving the interests of African American State legislators.

ABOUT NBCSL

With more than 700 members representing more than 60 million Americans, NBCSL serves as a national network, advocate and catalyst for public policy innovation, information exchange, and joint action on critical issues affecting African Americans and other marginalized communities. Through research, education, and advocacy, NBCSL strengthens its members and helps ensure their strong, effective, and influential voice on Capitol Hill.

Policy Resolution Process
2024 Ratified Policy Resolutions and Model Legislation now available online!
Policy Resolution Process
2024 Ratified Policy Resolutions and Model Legislation now available online!
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Membership Highlights

With more than 700 members collectively representing over 60 million Americans, NBCSL serves as a national network, advocate and catalyst for public policy innovation, information exchange, and joint action on critical issues.

CRT

Corporate Round Table

 

NBLSLC

National Black Legislative Staff Leadership Council

 

The NBCSL Foundation

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2015

NBCSL President Senator Catherine Pugh hosts Inaugural Swearing- In Ceremony and holds Executive Committee Meeting. President Barack Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration is blocked by federal district court judge. Thousands convene in Montgomery, AL to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Read More

2014

President Barack Obama creates a new initiative called “My Brother’s Keeper,” (MBK) which focuses on improving life outcomes for young men of color in several areas including education, mentorship, justice, and employment. MBK creates partnerships with government, philanthropic organizations, business Read More

2013

President Barack H. Obama is sworn in for a second term as the 44th President of the United States. Tennessee State Representative Joe Armstrong is installed NBCSL’s 10th president. President Joe Armstrong (TN), President-Elect, Senator Catherine Pugh (MD), Vice President, Read More

2012

President Barbara W. Ballard (KS) is honored with a Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) Phenomenal Women of Leadership Public Service Award during its National Women of Power Summit. She also serves on a panel moderated by Susan Taylor, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Read More

2011

Kansas State Representative Barbara W. Ballard is elected NBCSL’s eighth president. NBCSL President Barbara W. Ballard and Immediate Past President Calvin Smyre attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. President Barbara W. Ballard meets with Read More

2010

7.0 M Earthquake tears through Haiti killing 230,000, injuring 300,000, and causing 1,000,000 to become homeless. President Obama signs sweeping healthcare reform legislation, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, expanding coverage to over 30,000,000 Americans. President Calvin Smyre attends Read More

2015

NBCSL President Senator Catherine Pugh hosts Inaugural Swearing- In Ceremony and holds Executive Committee Meeting. President Barack Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration is blocked by federal district court judge. Thousands convene in Montgomery, AL to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Read More

2014

President Barack Obama creates a new initiative called “My Brother’s Keeper,” (MBK) which focuses on improving life outcomes for young men of color in several areas including education, mentorship, justice, and employment. MBK creates partnerships with government, philanthropic organizations, business Read More

2013

President Barack H. Obama is sworn in for a second term as the 44th President of the United States. Tennessee State Representative Joe Armstrong is installed NBCSL’s 10th president. President Joe Armstrong (TN), President-Elect, Senator Catherine Pugh (MD), Vice President, Read More

2012

President Barbara W. Ballard (KS) is honored with a Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) Phenomenal Women of Leadership Public Service Award during its National Women of Power Summit. She also serves on a panel moderated by Susan Taylor, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Read More

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Rep. Laura Hall (AL), NBCSL President | 47th Annual Legislative Conference

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NBCSL 46th ALC –Real Talk with Atiba Madyun: Conversation with the QUAD CAUCUS

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Capitol Journal with State Sen. Mericka Coleman

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Democratic Tennessee legislators discuss the State’s expulsion votes