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The Michigan Legislative Black Caucus is a coalition of 19 state legislators committed
to ensuring that all citizens of our state have equal opportunities. The caucus includes
members of both the state Senate and the state House of Representatives.

Our mission is captured in our slogan: Legislative power with purpose.

The Black Caucus serves as a partnership between residents and legislators. Our members believe that legislators and residents can affect the most change by working in tandem.

We sponsor events and programs around the state to make this partnership as productive as possible. The events allow legislators to share vital information and also serve as an opportunity for residents to express their opinions and concerns to the people who represent them.

We invite you to join us as we work toward a Michigan that grants all its citizens equal access, equal justice and equal opportunity.

2015 - 2016 Michigan Legislative Black Caucus

Top row from left to right: Sen. Bert C. Johnson; Sen. Morris Hood III; Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, Parliamentarian; Rep. Wendell Byrd Treasurer; Rep. Erica Geiss; Rep. Fred Durhal III; Rep. Alberta Tinsley-Talaibi; Rep. Brian Banks; Rep. Stephanie L. Chang; Rep. Sam Singh

Bottom row from left to right: Rep. David E. Rutledge, Executive Vice Chair; Rep. Leslie Love, Chaplin; Rep. Harvey Santana, Secretary;
Rep. Vanessa Guerra, Sen. Virgil K. Smith, Resigned; Rep. LaTanya Garrett, 1st Vice Chair; Rep. Sheldon A. Neeley, Chairman;
Sen. Vincent Gregory, Historian

Not pictured: Sen. Coleman A. Young II

Rep. Sheldon A. Neeley (Chairman)
Rep. LaTanya Garrett (1st Vice Chair)
Rep. David E. Rutledge (Ex. Vice Chair)
Rep. Wendell L. Byrd (Treasurer)
Sen. Vincent Gregory (Historian)
Rep. Leslie Love (Chaplain)
Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (Sergeant)

Sen. Coleman A. Young II

Sen. Bert C. Johnson

Sen Morris C. Hood III

Rep. Brian Banks

Rep. Alberta Tinsley-Talabi

Rep. Harvey Santana

Rep. Fred Durhal III

Rep. Stephanie L. Chang

Rep. Erika Geiss

Rep. Vanessa Guerra

Rep. Sam Singh

John E. Johnson, Jr., Esq.
Executive Director

Legislative Power With Purpose”


We can never lose focus of who we are and our purpose to be advocates for those who are unable to speak for themselves. We must strive for excellence in all our endeavors, and work to enhance the quality of life in the communities in which we live. We must never lose sight of the issues that challenge us, and we can overcome those challenges by fighting and demanding CHANGE!


This is a great time to celebrate our history and culture. Together we can build and expand our communities through unity and collective actions. Welcome to the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus, where we believe in "Legislative Power With Purpose"!