2013 Sankofa Award Honoree
Congresswoman Barbara Lee is a powerful and progressive voice in Congress, dedicated to social and economic justice, international peace, and civil and human rights. She has aggressively represented the needs of the underserved and vulnerable people in her district and throughout the U.S., vigorously advocating for a wide range of social and economic concerns and bread and butter issues that affect their daily lives. In 2007, Congresswoman Lee (D-CA) joined with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Representatives John Conyers (DMI) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and Representative Joe Baca of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to form the Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus (COPC). The Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus seeks to bring together lawmakers, organizations, community leaders, and other key stakeholders to find concrete solutions to end poverty. The COPC is committed to increasing awareness about and finding bi-partisan legislative solutions to eliminating poverty in the United States. reproductive health. She is a Senior Democratic Whip, the immediate past chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and former co-chair of the Progressive Caucus.
In 2010, Along with the her congressional colleagues, Congresswoman Lee lead the charge to passing H. Con Res 238, on February 26th, 2010, Recognizing the Difficult Challenges Black Veterans Faced When Returning Home After Serving in the Armed Forces, Their Heroic Military Sacrifices, and Their Patriotism in Fighting for Equal Rights and for the Dignity of a People and a Nation. In February of 2011, Congresswoman
Lee introduced H.R. 589, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2011. This legislation would provide 14 weeks of compensation to people who have exhausted their benefits and are still unemployed. The daughter of a Veteran (her father served in Korea and Vietnam), she understand the toll of being a patriot takes on a family.
More recently, Congresswoman Lee has lead the charge in advocating for President Obama by letter to President Barack Obama, the National Coalition of Black Veterans Organizations (NCBVO) asks that during the celebration of Black History Month in February– a presidential proclamation be issued that elevates legendary Buffalo Soldier Col. Charles Young to the honorary rank of Brigadier General.
Legendary Buffalo Soldier Col. Charles Young