State of Black California: 10 Years Later - We Still Have Work to Do

March 1, 2018

Sacramento – Yesterday, the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) hosted an informational briefing on The State of California - 10 Years Later an update from former Speaker and CLBC Vice-Chair Congresswoman Karen Bass, who commissioned the report in 2008. CLBC members gathered to start the morning with reporters across the state answering questions on the subjects presented at today’s hearing.  Topics included healthcare, education, voter engagement, and economics.

State of Black California: 10 Years Later Agenda and Livestream

Informational Briefing and Marshall Screening
February 28, 2018

If you cannot attend the informational briefing in person, you can watch the event on this page on the day of the livestream.

9:00am – 9:30am
Opening Session and Welcoming Remarks 

Asm. Holden & Asm. Weber


9:30am – 10:30am
Healthcare Plenary Session

Moderator: Senator Holly Mitchell
Scholar: Dr. Anthony Iton, Sr. VP of Health Communities at California Endowment


  1. Doretha Williams-Flournoy, CEO for California Black Health Network
  2. David M. Carlisle, MD, PhD, President and CEO at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
  3. Nicki King, PhD, Interim Chair of African and African American Studies at UC Davis

10:45am – 11:45am
Education Plenary Session

Moderator: Assemblymember Dr. Shirley N. Weber
Scholar: Margaret Fortune, President and CEO of Fortune School


  1. Matt Taylor, Director, Data and Analytics at Fortune School
  2. Elisha Smith Arrillaga, Ph.D., Deputy Director at Ed Trust West

12:00pm – 1:15pm
Civic Engagement Lunch and Learn at the Library Galleria

Moderators: Courtney Dempsey
Scholar: Shakari Byerly, Managing Partner at Evitarus, a strategic advisory firm


  1. Alice Huffman, President, California-Hawaii NAACP
  2. Assemblymember Mike Gipson, Current Caucus Member, AD 64
  3. D'Artagnan Scorza, Ph.D. Member of the Inglewood School Board

2:00pm – 3:15pm
Economics Plenary Session

Moderator: Assemblymember Kevin McCarty
Scholar: Dr. James B. Stewart, Professor Emeritus, Penn State University


  1. Cassandra Jennings, President & CEO of the Greater Sacramento Urban League
  2. Mark Harris, Director of Pre-Law Studies at the UC, Merced and the Managing Partner at the Law Offices of Mark T. Harris
  3. Azizza Davis Goines, President & CEO, Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce

3:15pm – 3:30pm
Closing Session: What have we learned?


Doors open for Marshall Screening


5:30pm – 6:15pm
Panel Discussion with CA Black Judges


6:30pm – 8:30pm
Feature Presentation of the Movie, Marshall


Event Date: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 2:15pm

Black History Month - The Beauty of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

February 15, 2018

CLBC Caucus Vice Chair, Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D – San Diego) led a special ceremony in the State Assembly to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a holiday in California. In her floor speech, Weber said by celebrating Dr. King’s life she hopes others will see something in themselves that pushes them to rise up. “The beauty of the Martin Luther King celebration day is that it once again reminds us that one person, standing for right, can truly change the world,” Weber said. Watch her full remarks in this Assembly Access video.

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The CLBC Members Celebrate Black History Month at First AME Church

February 15, 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018, First AME Church hosted the 2018 city of Los Angeles African American Heritage Month Worship Service to kick off Black History Month in the city of Los Angeles.  Mayor Eric Garcetti kicked off the day’s event paying tribute to those Black leaders who laid the ground work for not only First AME Church but all of Los Angeles.  “It is such a privilege to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Mayor Tom Bradley, who paved the way for so many historic moments that we enjoy today here in Los Angeles,” stated Mayor Garcetti.

California Legislative Black Caucus Selects Assemblymember Mike Gipson as the New Secretary/Treasurer

January 31, 2018

Sacramento, CA – The California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) has selected Assemblymember Mike Gipson (AD-64) as the new Secretary/Treasurer. The position has been vacant since Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (AD-54) resigned from the Legislature due to health concerns.

Free Screening of Oscar Nominated Film MARSHALL

Join the California Legislative Black Caucus for a free screening of the movie Marshall. There will be a panel discussion with California Black Judges on the challenges African Americans face in the Judicial system. Free refreshments will be provided in partnership with AARP.

Who: California Legislative Black Caucus and AARP

What: Panel Discussion on the Judicial System and the African American Community

          Free Screening of Marshall

Where: Crest Theatre, 1013 K St. Sacramento, CA 95814

When: Wed. Feb. 28, 2018

        Doors Open: 5:00 pm

        Panel: 5:30pm - 6:15pm

        Feature Presentation: 6:30pm

Cost: Free. RSVP here; Each guest will receive complimentary small popcorn and beverage. Space is limited.


Synopsis: About a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases. Young Thurgood Marshall faces one of his greatest challenges while working as a lawyer for the NAACP. Marshall travels to conservative Connecticut when wealthy socialite Eleanor Strubing accuses black chauffeur Joseph Spell of sexual assault and attempted murder. He soon teams up with Sam Friedman, a local Jewish lawyer who's never handled a criminal case. Together, the two men build a defense while contending with racist and anti-Semitic views from those who deem Spell to be guilty.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 5:00pm

Honoring Frederick Roberts - Exhibit and Reception

The CLBC will be celebrating the legacy of the Honorable Frederick Roberts as 2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of his joining the Legislature as the first African American Legislator.

Join us as we honor him through an exciting exhibit at the California Museum at 5pm on Feb. 15th. 

Light refreshments will be served as we explore the Frederick Roberts exhibit and the And Still I Rise exhibit of Black quilters during this Black History Month.

Event Date: 
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 5:00pm

State of Black California: 10 Years Later - Informational Briefing

Join the California Legislative Black Caucus as we explore the progress of African Americans in California in our Informational Briefing entitled State of Black California: 10 Years Later. We will explore the topics of Healthcare, Education, Civic Engagement, and Economics with Legislators, scholars, and advocates.


We will conclude the day with a panel with African American Judges to discuss the Judicial system and the Black experience followed by a screening of the film Marshall at the Crest Theatre. An agenda for the day's activities can be found in the PDF below.


You can RSVP at

Event Date: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 9:00am

California Legislative Black Caucus Responds to Trumps "Shithole Countries" comment

January 12, 2018

Sacramento, CA – On Thursday January 11th, during a discussion about protecting immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, and African countries, President Trump referred to those countries as "shithole countries." The California Legislative Black Caucus, chaired by Assemblymember Chris Holden, released the following statement: