AALT - Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The African American Leaders for Tomorrow (AALT), program will be held from July 11 – 14, 2018, on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills. During this four-day residential summer program, Ninety students are hand selected to receive leadership training and attend workshops on topics such as college experience, financial literacy, and career development through intense hands-on training and workshops.  Housing, meals, program materials, as well as transportation during the conference will be provided at no cost to the participants. For students living outside of Los Angeles/Riverside Counties, transportation to the conference will also be provided.

To be eligible for selection, candidates must currently be in the 10th or 11th grade and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Candidates must also submit the 2018 AALT Application requirements, including two essays, three agreement forms, two letters of recommendation and a provide a copy of their most recent transcript.

The completed applications must be received online or in the mail at the CLBC office by Tuesday, May 1, 2018. NO POSTMARKS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

AALT Application Timeline
Thursday, February 1, 2018 - Applications available
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - Application Period Closed
Friday, May 18, 2018 - Students Will be Notified of Acceptance

For more information or to apply online please visit: http://blackcaucus.legislature.ca.gov/african-american-leaders-tomorrow-application

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 3:45pm

CLBC Scholarship Program - Apply Deadline: Monday, April 16, 2018

The California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) Scholarship Program was established to assist deserving students by offering financial assistance to help meet educational expenses.  This program provides tuition assistance to enable students to fulfill their higher education goals.  Scholarship candidates must be full-time students in good academic standing at an accredited college or university. Graduating high school seniors with written proof of acceptance at an accredited institution of higher learning are also eligible.

To be eligible for selection, candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.5., and must complete the CLBC Scholarship Application and Personal Statement essay describing why they want to be selected. In addition, two letters of recommendation and a certified copy of the most recent transcript are required and must be submitted with the application and essay.

The applications must be received at the appropriate representative’s address on the last page of the application by Monday, April 16, 2018. NO POSTMARKS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Scholarship Application Timeline
Friday, February 16, 2018 – Applications available
Monday, April 16, 2018 – Application period closed
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – Scholarship Recipients Announced


For more information or to download the application please visit: http://blackcaucus.legislature.ca.gov/2018-clbc-scholarship-application

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 3:45pm

The State of Black California: 10 Years Later

March 1, 2018

(Sacramento) – Ten years after the publication of the State of Black California report the California Legislative Black Caucus hosted an all day informational briefing to discuss what progress has been made. Among the topics discussed: healthcare, education and economics. Watch the entire CLBC State of Black California: Ten Years Later briefing in this Assembly Access video.

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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.

RSVP: https://clbc_marshall_paneldisc.eventbrite.com

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