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The National Black Caucus of State Legislators was founded in 1977 by 90 African American state legislators, whose primary purpose was to secure parity in the state legislatures for their constituents. In 1980, the Corporate Round Table (CRT) was founded to aid NBCSL members in fostering productive partnerships with the private sector. Today, under the leadership of Kansas State Representative and NBCSL President Barbara W. Ballard, NBCSL boasts a membership base of over six hundred African American elected officials hailing from forty-five states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We have over 75 corporate members, representing small and large companies and non-profit organizations across the nation.

Being a part of NBCSL’s CRT provides opportunities to collaborate with like-minded organizations and policy makers on issues that affect favorable change across the country. As a member of the CRT, you will be afforded the opportunity to exchange ideas with hundreds of legislators on issues that concern, and potentially affect, your business. These could be state, regional or national issues facing underserved and African American communities.

Your company can have an actively interface with the NBCSL members. Uniquely available to CRT members is the opportunity to participate in our Resolution Process. The Resolution Process allows members to submit Resolutions to NBCSL’s legislative committees for ratification by the full NBCSL body. This takes place during the Annual Legislative Conference, which will be held this year from December 5-9, 2012, in Washington, DC. After ratification, the Resolutions are distributed to all Caucus Chairs, their membership base and other legislative leaders in their states. All Resolutions are forwarded to the Congressional Black Caucus and the White House on the behalf of NBCSL. Many Resolutions are used as white papers or position papers that serve as the basis of actual Bills in the legislative process.

As you can see, the benefits of being an NBCSL CRT member are endless. We welcome your company to join and begin promoting positive change within your industry. To join, please complete the membership commitment form or contact NBCSL’s Executive Director, LaKimba B. DeSadier at 202-624-5457 or .