the story behind the collective
In 2012, Black voters cast ballots at a higher rate than white voters for the first time in history. While some attribute this to a massive attack on voting rights, others claim that it was just the community “having Obama’s back.” But in spite of this feat and the historic re-election of President Barack Obama, there continues to be a lack of leadership development and political institutions to support the building of Black political power. Until now.
The Collective is a political action committee whose mission is to build Black political power by recruting, training, funding and electing progressive black candidates on the local, state and federal level.
Many of our members and donors are strategists, thought leaders and politicos. Some of them are artists and entertainers, tech entrepreneurs and activists. But we all of us share a common vision and goal of a world with drastically more Black elected officials, at every level of government.
Here at The Collective, we work to achieve our mission by tapping into the various networks around the country to identify potential talent, organizing donor groups and working to provide cutting-edge research and best-practices on engaging black voters and tracking black elected officials. The goal of The Collective is ensure equal and equitable representation of the Black community in all local, state, and federal executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.