June 16, 2016


An Annual Report of the Congressional Black Caucus Initiative to Promote African American Inclusion in the Technology Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), co-chairs of the CBC Diversity Taskforce and CBC TECH 2020, released the CBC TECH 2020 Year in Review, a report which highlights CBC efforts to increase African American inclusion in the technology sector. 

“When we launched CBC TECH 2020, we set out to change the workforce landscape of the tech industry, making it more diverse and inclusive of African American talent,” said CBC Chairman Butterfield. “Over the last year, the CBC Diversity Taskforce has been successful in taking our message across the country and to the heart of Silicon Valley where we have met with tech companies large and small and non-profit organizations to address the gap in minority talent among all levels of the technology industry.  CBC TECH 2020 had a successful year and we will continue our efforts to get more African Americans in the tech talent pipeline.”

“Diversity in tech has been an afterthought for too long.  Addressing the massive lack of African American talent in the tech sector is a moral and economic imperative,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee, co-chair of the CBC’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.  “In just the past year, the CBC TECH 2020 Initiative has made significant progress in developing partnerships that will help expand access and opportunity to the tech sector and computer science skills.  However, much work remains, including advancing the President’s Computer Science for All agenda, to ensure techquity.”

Click here to view the CBC TECH 2020 annual report in its entirety.

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Since its establishment in 1971, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) have joined together to empower America’s neglected citizens and address their legislative concerns.  For more than 40 years, the CBC has consistently been the voice for people of color and vulnerable communities in Congress and has been committed to utilizing the full Constitutional power and statutory authority of the United States government to ensure that all U.S. citizens have an opportunity to achieve the American Dream.  To learn more about the Congressional Black Caucus, visit http://cbc-butterfield.house.gov.