Special Initiatives

Race and Democracy Project

The Race and Democracy Project addresses the capacity for routine democratic participation in governance and public life by populations of African descent in North and South America, and in the Caribbean. The project examines how populations of African descent can engage in voting, electing public officials to office, both descriptively and substantively, and how they can encourage routine recognition of their groups’ interest in and by the public sector. The first phase of this project was launched in the early 2000s as a collaborative research program with Afro-Brazilian scholars.

2020 Participatory Redistricting Project

The 2020 Participatory Redistricting Project (PRP) entails a partnership with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (hereinafter Lawyers’ Committee), the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS), and participating colleges and universities.  It is designed to provide students with the requisite skills to advocate for community engagement in the legislative redistricting process subsequent to the 2020 Census and next round of reapportionment. Grassroots organizations and community advocates are also encouraged to partner with the 2020 PDR workshops hosted by colleges/universities.

Black Rural Project

The Black Rural Project examines black rural identity.  Political commentators routinely associate the concept “rural” with a white working-class politics.  Blacks and other communities of color, however, are mistakenly excluded from contemporary discussions of rural politics.  This project positions blacks at the forefront of “rural” identity.

Katrina Task Force

NCOBPS established the Katrina Task Force in 2006 to facilitate the development and dissemination of organizational contributions to balanced discourse, public policy and research on the Katrina tragedy and its aftermath. In an effort to define its focus, the Task Force examined a variety of Katrina impact points, from life and death impacts to public policy, economic, political, social and environmental impacts, as well as the impact of Katrina on global views of poverty and neglect in America.