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CBCF Releases First-Ever Multidisciplinary Journal

The Center for Policy Analysis and Research (CPAR) at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) just released the inaugural issue of a multidisciplinary journal focusing exclusively on public policy issues related to black politics in the United States.

The document, which is entitled, Defining the Black Agenda in a Post-Obama Era, focuses on research and reflections following the eight-year tenure of the first African American U.S. President Barack Obama.

“Driven by CBCF’s mission to inform policy and educate the public, the contents of this journal provide a historical perspective on several topics important to African Americans, highlights the progress achieved in our commu nity, and sheds light on the collective work we must accomplish as a nation,” said Dr. Elsie L. Scott, interim president & CEO, CBCF; and founding director, Howard University’s Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center.

Research featured in Defining the Black Agenda in a Post-Obama Era delves into a variety of important topics including black civic participation and studies on black boys and girls. Among the Journal entry titles are:

  • “Is the Rise in Police Militarization a Response to Changing Demographics?” by Dr. Olugbenga Ajilore.
  • “Expanding Early Childhood Resources to Address Racial Disparities in Education, Employment, and Incarceration” by Drs. Carlton D. Jenkins and Stephanie S. Burrage.
  • “Reigniting the Civic Dimensions of Black Politics: The Imperative of Foregrounding ‘Systems’ When Challenging Systemic Oppression” by Dr. Tyson D. King-Meadows and Shakari Nichele Byerly.
  • “Growing Our Own: Reflections on Developing a Pipeline for Male Educators of Color” by Drs. Shannon R. Waite, Marcelle Mentor, and Travis J. Bristol.
  • “Zero-Tolerance School Discipline Policies and Black Girls: The (Un)Intended Consequences” by Dr. Terri N. Watson.

The publication opens with a foreword from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, chair, CBCF board of directors, and includes a special section devoted to the legacy of Dr. Ron Walters, a preeminent scholar of black political studies, noted civil rights activist, and one of the founding architects of the CBC.

For more information, visit the Journal of the Center for Policy Analysis and Research.

Established in 1976, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and educational institute committed to advancing the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public. For more information, visit

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