The Congressional Black Caucus in Minneapolis

August 30, 2019
Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS – The Congressional Black Caucus members and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar hosted multiple events, discussions and panels to focus on tackling challenges and highlighting community-based solutions to address disparities in education, juvenile justice, business and maternal health in the African-American community.


Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar kicked off the event discussing black maternal health issues with local experts and advocates. They came together to raise awareness on the issues black mothers face in our health care system and come together to find solutions to make maternal health care accessible.


Congressional Black Caucus members, panelists and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar organized a town hall to discuss how supporting early childhood education, nurturing children at an early age can have long-term benefits on children’s development and closing the opportunity gap in early childhood education.


CBC members then received a tour of Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center and hosted a roundtable with community partners to discuss programs to improve the juvenile justice system and how we can reform the criminal justice system.

Following the tour, CBC members hosted a roundtable with local officials and community partners to discuss much needed updates on the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Act, and how to close youth prisons, invest in restorative community-based solutions and put an end to solitary confinement of children.

Congressional Black Caucus members were also joined by local leaders in business and economic policy for a conversation on supporting black business. Less than 10% of Minnesotan small businesses are minority owned. Whether due to implicit bias or explicit discrimination, many African-Americans end up self-funding their start-ups.

Finally, Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar hosted a panel discussion with local activists, Kendrick Sampson, and health experts, Dr. Rachel Hardeman, to discuss how to strengthen access to mental health services and ensure better health care access in the black community.