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The Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan is organized by Michigan Legislative Black Caucus Chair, Representative Alma G. Stallworth as a tax exempt non profit public policy organization with Don Davis, Chairman of First Independence National Bank as the Chair of the Board of Directors.

1956

 

Dr. Alfred Thomas, Dr. D.T. Burton and Dr. Lionel Swan lead a Detroit Medical Center Society Collaborative to establish the 1st Annual NAACP Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner.

1963

 

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leads the Detroit Freedom March.

1967

 

Easter Sunday, Rev. Albert Cleage unveils an 18 foot painting of a Black Madonna and renames Central Congregational Church in Detroit, The Shrine of the Black Madonna, launching the Black Christian National Movement

1967

 

Detroit Police attempt to arrest 82 African Americans attending an after hours party for two returning Vietnam Veterans resulting in a 5 day riot which leads to 43 people being killed, 1,189 injured and more than 7,000 arrested.

1967

 

President Lyndon Johnson appoints Atty. Damon Keith to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

1968

 

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King is assassinated on April 4th.

1968

 

Michigan Congressman John Conyers introduces legislation to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday as a National Holiday.

1968

 

Gregory Eaton becomes Michigan’s first African American multi client lobbyist.

1969

 

Michigan Congressman Charles Diggs organizes the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).

1971

 

The CBC makes its’ first formal presentation of public policy priorities to a sitting President.

1971

 

The Labor Defense Coalition lead by Attorney Ken Cockrell is organized and begins a successful effort to fight and abolish violent racist undercover police operations.

1972

 

In response to an indifferent White House, Republican and Democratic Parties, Michigan Congressman Charles Diggs organizes a Steering Committee to convene a National Black Political Convention to develop a Black Agenda to improve the political, social and economic influence and circumstances of African Americans.

1972

 

Senator Coleman A. Young leads a Michigan delegation to the National Black Political Convention convened in Gary, Indiana.

1973

 

Robert “Buddy” Battle and Horace Sheffield founded a Detroit Chapter of The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.

1974

 

Senator Coleman A. Young is elected Mayor of the City of Detroit.

1975

 

Mayor Coleman A. Young calls on Corporate Detroit to create the executive positions of community and civic affairs to improve Interface with City departments, elected officials and the Black community.

1976

 

Representatives Barbara Rose Collins, Raymond Hood and Alma Stallworth meet at the home of Representative Morris Hood, Jr. to organize the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus.

1977

 

Michigan State Senator David Holmes organizes the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and Detroit State Representative Matthew McNeely is elected the organization’s first Chairman.

1978

 

President Jimmy Carter is elected and affirmative employment, education and contract set-aside “state enabling” public policy provisions are enacted as defensive weapons against social economic obstacles to upward mobility and institutional racism against African Americans.

1979

 

Michigan State Senator David Holmes enacts the nations’ first state statute mandating contracts to be set aside for minority vendors (PA 428); but finds implementation difficult without African Americans in strategic decision-making positions throughout state government.

1983

 

President Ronald Regan signs legislation declaring February 20th Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday a National Holiday commencing in 1986.

1983 

 

President Ronald Regan signs legislation declaring February 20th Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday a National Holiday commencing in 1986.

1983 

 

James J. Blanchard commences service as Michigan’s governor and Representative Morris Hood, Jr. leads Michigan Legislative Black Caucus effort to elect Representative Gary Owen Speaker of the Michigan House.

1983 

 

Michigan House Speaker Gary Owen appoints members of the Legislative Black Caucus to chairmanships of the House Standing Committees on Appropriations, Public Utilities, and Judiciary. They are also are appointed to chair the Appropriations Sub Committees on Transportation, Corrections, Mental Health, General Government, and Higher Education.

1984

 

Ron Russell becomes the first African American on a Michigan legislative agency central staff as an analyst for the House of Representatives Fiscal Agency.

1985 

 

Michigan Legislative Black Caucus Chair, Rep. Alma Stallworth, Senator David Holmes, and Senator Jackie Vaughn, III meet with an elite group of African American business professionals and intellectuals to discuss formation of an African centered public policy think tank.

     

 


    

OurHistory
Educational Research, Public Policy Development, and Analysis

Founded by the Honorable Alma G. Stallworth during her tenure in the Michigan Legislature while serving as Chair of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus; the Foundation was established as a 50l-c3 tax exempt organization dedicated to the creation and delivery of service programs which improve the economic circumstances and quality of life for Michigan's African American citizenry. The Foundation's creation evolved from a segment of social-economic and political history which continues to frame the advancement of Black America. At the base of this history was the understanding of a cross section of Black leaders that intellectual resources were needed to support research dedicated to the development and implementation of public policy initiatives critical to the well-being of Black people in America and around the globe.

Prior to 1983, when James J. Blanchard was elected Michigan Governor and Gary Owen was elected Speaker to the Michigan House of Representatives, the only African American staffers at the State Capitol were those working in the offices of Black legislators. During this time there were no African American policy analysts serving on the central policy staffs of the Michigan House or Senate; and with limited exception, only a meager number worked in State agencies, departments or in private sector governmental affairs capacities. Without policy perspectives developed specifically by African Americans; African American legislators, the legislature as a whole and the Executive Branch were limited in both policy perspective and resolution options regarding the challenges facing Michigan's African American community.

In 1984, Representative Stallworth, Senator David Holmes and Senator Jackie Vaughn, III with the assistance of KB Stallworth, a marketing & syndication executive for Scott & Fetzer Corp; and Steve Zimmerman, a senior partner in the law firm of Dykema Gossett; convened a meeting with a cross section of Michigans most successful and respected African Americans to formulate plans for what was to be the newly formed Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan. Among them was Jack Martin, the principle of the most successful African American accounting firm in Michigan; and Dr Karl Gregory, an economist and professor who had successfully created two African American owned financial institutions; Dr. Charles Tucker, one of the nation's most successful sports agents and psychologists; Atty. Richard White, a principle from one of the nations most respected African American law firms; and Don Davis, a renowned music producer and song writer who was also the principle shareholder of Michigan's only African American owned bank. In 1985, these individuals, working in collaboration with the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus, organized the Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan's Legislative lnternship Program to serve as a feeder system for African Americans interested in the pursuit of public policy related careers in state government. The program would also serve as a "front-line" research program charged with developing solutions to public policy initiatives that affected the black communities of Michigan.

Revolutionary in its design, the internship program provided 12 academic credits to minority students recruited from Michigan State, Wayne State and the University of Michigan for one academic quarter of governmental affairs service, and or submission of a policy paper (with collaboration of a Black legislator) detailing solutions to an issue adversely impacting African Americans, State policies regarding the use of minority contractors, goals of minority procurement, lottery contract expenditure distribution, auto insurance, public and private sector African American appointments, tax reversion, adolescent teen pregnancy, drug and smoking prevention are issues that have all been impacted by Foundation initiatives stimulated by the lntern Program Research.

Today, The Foundation's internship model has been replicated in university systems throughout the nation. Its success in the 1980's has opened the doors for governmental affairs occupations for African American professionals in the legislature, executive branch, fiscal agencies, state departments, and private sector. Now, more then twenty years later, the challenge continues for the Foundation to serve as a critical intellectual link between Michigan policy makers, business leaders, service organizations and the community. There remains a need to frame, refocus and remind decision makers of the critical need for 'vertical integration' of African Americans throughout the public policy process to ensure fair and equitable treatment. Nothing exemplifies this need better than the current absence of a single African American in the Capitol Press Corps during a time when media coverage of black experiences and perspectives are essential to improved race relations and equitably addressing Michigan's social and economic woes.

The Foundation is dedicated to the development and implementation of programs and initiatives that effectively address issues such as these. Critical to these endeavors will be continued efforts to educate decision makers, both White and Black, to Michigan's African American political history and advocacy for the Vertical Integration of minorities into business and government operations during the 21st Century.



Programs:

  • Power of Choice
  • Annual Peace Rally
  • Dr. Darrius's project PERSCRIBE
  • Drug Free Youth in Detroit (DFYID)
  • Northwest Community Coalition

Commitment:

  • The Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan (BCF)
  • The Board of Directors
  • The BCF staff
 

Commitment to Diversity:

The Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan (BCF), is committed to addressing the socio-economic issues that impact black communities in Michigan, consistent with its mission. The organizational values underpinning our work include a strong commitment to respect and valuing diversity. This value has been demonstrated in our collaborative approach and ability to work partner effectively with a wide array of organizations to drive improvements in the community. We recognize that the issues affecting black communities are a microcosm of the broader society and that the benefits we create likewise have a positive impact on society as a whole. The Board of Directors membership includes representation from diverse segments of our community including corporate, small business, education, organized labor, public officials and local community advocates. It is through this diverse set of perspectives that the Black Caucus Foundation has effectively developed and implemented programs and services for 21 years. The BCF staff over the years has maintained a balance of age, gender, and diverse professional backgrounds. We are a committed EEO employer and advertise openings through diverse communication channels designed to reach all segments of the community.



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