The Congressional Black Caucus organization represents the African American members of the United States Congress. In 1969, a committee of African American members from the House of Representatives organized the Democratic Select Committee. In February of 1971, the name of the organization was changed to the Congressional Black Caucus. The goal of the organization is, “positively influencing the course of events pertinent to African-Americans and others of similar experience and situation”, and “achieving greater equity for persons of African descent in the design and content of domestic and international programs and services.” The founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus are Shirley Chisholm, William L. Clay Sr., George W. Collins, John Conyers, Ronald Dellums, Augustus F. Hawkins, Ralph Metcalfe, Parren Mitchell, Robert Nix, Charles Rangel, Louis Stokes, and Washington D.C. Delegate Walter Fauntroy.