HISTORY

The concept that evolved into the Coalition of Black Democrats began in January, 1979 at the home of Mrs. Sallye Moore of Grand Prairie, Texas. A small group from Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Grand Prairie met to discuss the possibility of establishing a network between African Americans in the Metroplex. The group met for about six months and later decided to call a meeting of African American grassroots leaders from across the state to share the idea.

The meeting was held at the Holiday Inn in Duncanville, Texas on August 25, 1979. Robert Malson, Assistant Director of domestic policy for the White House was the speaker. Those in attendance enthusiastically embraced the idea and decided to call a statewide meeting to be held in Austin, Texas. Several planning meetings were held including Austin in October, 1979 and Corsicana in January, 1980.

The first state conference was held in Austin on February 22-24, 1980. Three-hundred fifty-six registered delegates participated in the Austin meeting.

Workshops were conducted by Conrad Mallet, Jr., Black Affairs, DNC; Dr. James R. Ukockis, Sr., Economist, Department of Treasury; Edgar Berlin, Department of Labor; David Rivers, Department of Energy; Eddie B. Johnson, Health Service Administration. The Luncheon Speaker was Congressman Ron Dellums (D-California) and the banquet speaker was Ambassador Andrew Young.

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Press Release
TCBD 2015 INTERIM OFFICERS

Interim Position Name County
Chair Gene Collins Ector
Vice-Chair for Program Shuronda Robinson Williamson
Vice-Chair for Membership Almeda Dent Harris
Vice-Chair for Finance Ernest McGowen, Jr. Harris
Recording Secretary Courtney Bass Harris
Treasurer Winifred Jackson Upshur
Budget and Finance Committee Chair Darwin McKee Travis
Parliamentarian Donald Williams El Paso

PREVIOUS TCBD CHAIRS

Name Year
Deralyn Riles Davis 1979-1985
Robbin E.L. Washington, Sr.(deceased) 1985-1989
Jesse W. Jones 1989-1991
Booker T. Morris 1991-1993
Jason E. Justice, Jr 1993-1997
Gene O. Collins 1997-1999
Morris L. Overstreet 1999-2003 2005-2007
Janice Kinchion 2003-2005
Daniel Davis Clayton 2007-2015