The Rainey Center fosters dialogue to address our nation's most pressing public policy challenges
We work across political divides towards a bright future of opportunity for all Americans.
We believe that America is best served when its policies are crafted by those who reflect the diversity of the American people
We're a place where women, minorities, and mavericks come for leadership development, policy research, and a sense of community.
Congressman Joseph Hayne Rainey of South Carolina was born enslaved in 1832.
He was the first Black man to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, the first to preside over the House, and the longest-serving Black lawmaker during Reconstruction.
" I can only raise my voice, and I would do it if it were the last time I ever did it, in defense of my rights and in the interests of my oppressed people. "
We don't accept the status quo.
We take risks.
We're pulling up our seats at policymaking tables to create long-lasting impact on America's most pressing issues.