In the Capitol Visitors Center in front of a crowd of more than 200 people, members of the Congressional Black Caucus participated in a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony. One of them was former Congressman Louis Stokes of Ohio who was recognized several times by various speakers who addressed the ceremony.
Joining the crowd was many members of the Delta Sigma Soroity. Incoming CBC chair, Rep Marcia Fudge, was once President.
“These are trying times… I was proud to be the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus … They stand up when everyone else is sitting down,” said outgoing Chair Emanuel Cleaver on the group he served for two years as chair.
“The nation better get ready. For the next two years you will see red,” Cleaver said as he introduced the new CBC Chair.
Fudge presented Cleaver with an award for his service at the start of her remakes.
Rep. John Lewis and Dem power broker Donna Brazile could not attend. Lewis’ wife passed away earlier this week. Brazile also suffered a death in her family.