Welcome to the State of Black Chicago Congress

THE MISSION of the State of Black Chicago Congress (SBCC) is to mobilize the community of African descent, in order to develop a plan of action that ameliorates conditions such as the crime and violence, inequitable distribution of educational resources and opportunities, joblessness, slow business development and opportunities, disappearing black media, inadequate youth engagement and leadership development, poor health, and the public’s concern over the involvement of the Black Church.

Ed Gardner Lupe Fiasco
Brenetta Howell Barrett, Rev. Willie Barrow, Dr. Timuel Black, Justice William Cousins, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and Dr. Christopher Reed


Steering Committee :: Dr. Valerie C. Johnson


Dr. Valerie C. Johnson received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1995, and is associate professor of Political Science at DePaul University. She is the author of Black Power in the Suburbs: The Myth or Reality of African American Suburban Political Incorporation (2002), and co-editor of Power in the City (2008). Currently, she is writing a book entitled, Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Multiracial Political Coalitions from Jesse Jackson to Barack Obama. Her research interests include African American politics, urban politics, and education policy with a particular focus on the politics of urban education.

Consistent with her research focus, Dr. Johnson is the former national education spokesperson for Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, and has served as a consultant for elected officials and community organizations nationwide.