Kweisi Mfume

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Kweisi Mfume

"As a Member of Congress, Kweisi Mfume was active with broad committee obligations. He served on the Banking and Financial Services Committee, and held the ranking seat on the General Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. He also served as a member of the Committee on Education and as a senior member of the Small Business Committee.

"While in his third term, the Speaker of the House chose him to serve on the Ethics Committee and the Joint Economic Committee of the House and Senate, where he later became Chairman. As a member of the House of Representatives, Congressman Mfume consistently advocated landmark business and civil rights legislation. He successfully co-sponsored and helped to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act and strengthened the Equal Credit Opportunity Law.

"He co-authored and successfully amended the Civil Rights Bill of 1991 to apply the act to U.S. citizens working for American-based companies abroad. He also sponsored legislative initiatives banning assault weapons and establishing stalking as a federal crime.

"Mfume has served as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and during his last term in Congress, he was appointed by the House Democratic Caucus as the party’s Vice-Chairman for Communications. Kweisi Mfume became President and Chief Executive Officer of the NAACP on February 20, 1996, after being unanimously elected to the post and served there for nine years.

"Kweisi Mfume was formerly a member of the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, the Advisory Board of the Schomburg Commission, the Meyerhoff Scholars Advisory Board of the University of Maryland and the Senior Advisory Committee of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is presently a member of the Gamma Boule Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Most Worshipful Prince Hall Masons and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

"He also serves on the Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees, the Morgan State University Board of Regents, People for the American Way, and the National Advisory Council of Boy Scouts of America." [1]

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  1. Kweisi Mfume, National Minority Aids Council, accessed July 27, 2007.
  2. Trustees, Johns Hopkins University, accessed February 16, 2010.