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.

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Policy Resolution Process
2024 Policy Resolution Process

The National Black Caucus of State Legislators' 2024 Policy Resolutions process opened on May 1, 2023

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The NBCSL Foundation

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2009

President Calvin Smyre, Vice President Barbara Ballard, Executive Director LaKimba DeSadier and NBCSL members attend the historic Inauguration of President Barack Obama as he is sworn in as the first African American President and the 44th President of the United Read More

2008

NBCSL, NHCSL, and the Council of State Governments convene their last health meeting in conjunction with the Centers for Disease and Prevention Control (CDC) a three year partnership called “Healthy States” in Florida. NBCSL and the National Medical Association (NMA) Read More

2007

Georgia state Representative Calvin Smyre is elected NBCSL’s seventh president. NBCSL and the National Medical Association continue their tradition of meeting to discuss health disparities and the way elected officials and medical practitioners can work together, this meeting is sponsored Read More

2006

NBCSL legislative members urge displaced voters to participate in New Orleans mayoral election. NBCSL supports efforts to remove barriers to voter participation in the New Orleans elections. NBCSL condenses policy committee structure from 22 to 12 policy committees and institutes Read More

2005

NBCSL President Mary H. Coleman and Vice President Calvin Smyre re-elected to serve in their executive capacities through 2006. NBCSL, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) and the Council of State Governments enter three year cooperative agreement with Read More

2004

President Mary H. Coleman and Vice President Calvin Smyre visit the Dominican Republic to meet with officials and students participating in NBCSL’s student abroad program. The twenty-one students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Dominican Republic traveled and 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

2009

President Calvin Smyre, Vice President Barbara Ballard, Executive Director LaKimba DeSadier and NBCSL members attend the historic Inauguration of President Barack Obama as he is sworn in as the first African American President and the 44th President of the United Read More

2008

NBCSL, NHCSL, and the Council of State Governments convene their last health meeting in conjunction with the Centers for Disease and Prevention Control (CDC) a three year partnership called “Healthy States” in Florida. NBCSL and the National Medical Association (NMA) Read More

Upcoming Events

NBCSL ViiV AIDS Webinar 10262022

Stride Webinar A Better Way To K 12 Sept 29 2022

NBCSL Las Vegas Tease 2022+

NBCSL GBT Sickle Cell Webinar A Call to Action 5 12 2022

PHRMa Webinar – “Barriers that Constituents Face When Navigating Healthcare” – June 2, 2022

Representative Calvin Smyre’s Farewell Speech before the Georgia Assembly