Texas Coalition of Black Democrats
WHO WE ARE?
The Texas Coalition of Black Democrats is a political organization and we must always remember that politics is a means to an end. Our end goals must include ending poverty, hunger, homelessness, race-based health disparities, the racial wealth-income-and education gaps. Eliminating food deserts, public transportation and infrastructure inequity, as well as environmental injustices, must also be priorities of the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats.
Politics is not perfect but it's the best available nonviolent means of changing how we live.
- Maynard Jackson
To protect and empower Black Democratic voters and the officials we elect as well as advancing an agenda focused on justice, opportunity, equity and economic prosperity.
To elect more Black Democrats to public office - from city council and school board members to mayors, Texas State legislators, members of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. We can also help put a Black woman on the 2020 presidential ticket.
We can also help put more black judges on the federal bench including a Black Woman on the United States Supreme Court, something that has never been in the history of our nation.
The concept that evolved into the Coalition of Black Democrats began in January, 1979 at the home of Mrs. Sallye Moore of Grand Prairie, Texas. A small group from Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Grand Prairie met to discuss the possibility of establishing a network between African Americans in the Metroplex. The group met for about six months and later decided to call a meeting of African American grassroots leaders from across the state to share the idea.
The meeting was held at the Holiday Inn in Duncanville, Texas on August 25, 1979. Robert Malson, Assistant Director of domestic policy for the White House was the speaker. Those in attendance enthusiastically embraced the idea and decided to call a statewide meeting to be held in Austin, Texas. Several planning meetings were held including Austin in October, 1979 and Corsicana in January, 1980.
The first state conference was held in Austin on February 22-24, 1980. Three-hundred fifty-six registered delegates participated in the Austin meeting.
Workshops were conducted by Conrad Mallet, Jr., Black Affairs, DNC; Dr. James R. Ukockis, Sr., Economist, Department of Treasury; Edgar Berlin, Department of Labor; David Rivers, Department of Energy; Eddie B. Johnson, Health Service Administration. The Luncheon Speaker was Congressman Ron Dellums (D-California) and the banquet speaker was Ambassador Andrew Young.