On December 15, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) introduces a resolution to honor the Joint Center’s 50th anniversary.
“Whereas, over the last 50 years, the Joint Center has successfully convened leaders of major cities to discuss workforce modernization in Black communities: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That– (1) the work of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is more relevant and necessary now than ever before in the face of a global pandemic that is disproportionately affecting Black Americans’ health outcomes and economic security; and (2) the House of Representatives– (A) honors the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies for their successes over the years; and (B) reaffirms its commitment to working alongside the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and others to advance ideas and policies that promote, uplift, and enrich the Black community and all of America,” reads the bill.
Read it in full here.
Read Congresswoman Johnson and Joint Center President Spencer Overton’s quotes on the resolution below.
“It is an honor to recognize and pay tribute to such a brilliant collection of expert scholars at the Joint Center. For the last five decades, they have provided critical insight into issues that affect African Americans with a cultural sensitivity and understanding that comes from knowing our community,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “The Joint Center continues to help me and many of my Congressional Black Caucus colleagues make informed decisions for sound policy.”
“We are so grateful to Chairwoman Johnson for passing a resolution honoring the Joint Center’s 50th anniversary,” added Joint Center President Spencer Overton. “The recognition is particularly meaningful in light of Chairwoman Johnson’s leadership on key technology equity issues that are critical to the future of Black communities and our nation. We look forward to continuing our work as America’s Black think tank in partnership with Chairwoman Johnson, the Congressional Black Caucus, and other Members of Congress who are committed to dismantling systemic inequality and expanding opportunity.”