Barry C. Black

Black History and America’s Capitol

This February, Black History Month marks its 41st year as a monthlong tradition. Explore the history of this reflective and celebratory time with lawmakers and other Capitol Hill figures who discuss the intersection of black history and the U.S. Capitol building and its surrounding city.

Senate Chaplain Praises 'Courage' of South Carolina Legislature

Senate Chaplain Barry Black took a moment to praise the South Carolina state government Thursday morning, after it voted to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol grounds.

"Guide us with your powerful hands," Black, the first black Senate chaplain, said in his opening prayer. "And Lord we praise you for the courage of the South Carolina legislature."

Senate Chaplain Prays for South Carolina Shooting Victims

Chaplain Barry C. Black ended his prayer opening the Senate session Thursday by reflecting on the victims of the Charleston, S.C., church shooting, praying for “comfort” for the "families and loved ones of the victims.”