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Mission & Vision

Message from the Chair

The Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys (CSSBMB) is the culmination of my work as U.S. Congresswoman to empower our Black men and boys. I authored bill H.R. 1636 (Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act), which passed overwhelmingly in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives in July 2020 and unanimously in the Republican-controlled Senate, before being signed into law by President Donald Trump.

CSSBMB is committed to exploring the social disparities disproportionately affecting Black males in America. Collaboration with our partners and evidence-based research enable us to make recommendations that address the social challenges impacting the quality of life for our Black men and boys.

We are also dedicated to interrupting the “school-to-prison pipeline” and to improving the public’s understanding of the conditions that make it extraordinarily difficult for Black males to become upwardly mobile. Our objective is to urge policymakers to initiate legislation to promote equity in education, identifying the achievement gaps experienced by Black boys in the U.S., and the factors that contribute to them.

Creating equitable housing and healthcare for Black men and boys across the United States is a top priority. CSSBMB recognizes the disproportionate housing challenges of Black men and is actively examining barriers to accessing affordable housing, with a focus on highlighting opportunities for improvement.

CSSBMB continues to make strides toward creating opportunities for Black men and boys in the United States.

Commissisoner Wilson smiling and standing in front of the United State flag with a cowboy hat on.Frederica S. Wilson
U.S. Representative and 
CSSBMB Commissioner



The mission of CSSBMB, established in 2020, is to research, examine, and propose actionable measures to elevate Black men and boys and improve the conditions affecting them.



CSSBMB is committed to performing research to address social disparities, crafting actionable measures, and engaging federal, state, and local government agencies to implement policies ensuring all Black men and boys have access to equitable resources to achieve their full potential.