In 1970 by a few determined activists and community leaders came together to create an organization dedicated to the betterment of blacks in the state of Maryland. They recognized the need to organize around issues affecting blacks and their communities statewide, and founded the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland. They convened a group of 17 legislators to create Maryland’s Legislative Black Caucus*
*originally called the “Maryland Legislative Black Caucus,” the present name was adopted in 2002.
The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (LCBM) has been instrumental the advocacy and passage of legislation that has benefited blacks, and all Marylanders, in Since the 1970s. The black legislator and community leaders, who serve as members and partners of the LBCM have stood steadfast and united in articulating public policy positions that promote Black progress in Maryland.
To fulfill this mission, the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland serves as a legislative body for the Black community, and in doing so, has formed an effective statewide network of experts and resources that allow the Caucus to provide the indispensable leadership in research, development, advocacy, and implementation of policies and programs that best serve the black community.
Our great state of Maryland is called that for good reason as it is one of the most robust and diverse states in our nation. The road to where we are today was paved by many great activists and actions, and the LCBM is proud to continue that legacy of improving the lives and outcomes of Blacks statewide. It is important to look back at that history to honor it and to build on the success.
After numerous scandals involving misappropriation of funds and other such issues impacting the community, LBCM fought to make changes in legislation to address the issues.
Today the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland is a voice in Annapolis and Beyond. We have grown from 17 to 50 members since 1970, with representation expanding from 2 countys to every county and in the state. Many of our members hold leadership positions in both the House and Senate, giving us the ability to weigh in on all proposed legislation and assess its effect on the black populace.