The debate will be a collaborative effort on behalf of three partners:
the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and CNN.


Mission Statement

The mission of the CBC Institute is to provide political education and training to the next generation of African American leadership. The Institute provides a vehicle for those who seek to support the charge of establishing positive role models in all walks of life, particularly public service - the noble role of putting service above self. The Institute also performs critical research of political issues that affect the African American community.


The Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute (CBC Institute) operates under the IRS designation 501(C)(4) non-profit organization (applied). Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (MS-2) chairs the Institute's Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is comprised of corporate leaders, academic leaders, labor leaders and members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

The primary activities of the Institute include: (1) development and training of political candidates, leaders and tacticians, (2) research and analysis relating to the redistricting process and the preservation of minority voting representation, and (3) increasing the presence of African Americans in the public policy and service sectors. The Institute creates opportunities for young African Americans whose backgrounds, interests and aspirations guide them toward public service.

The Institute's Political Candidate Training Program, “Boot Camp” provides a complete training curriculum for African American candidates and campaign workers. This program instructs participants in the expertise and techniques required for conducting a successful campaign for elective office. In addition to training candidates for elective office, this program also trains tacticians and key staff who will conduct such campaigns. Instruction is also provided to launch effective voter participation and education initiatives, including get-out-the vote efforts.


The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is 65 years old. It is both long-established and successful, and just as the Myrtle Beach area has grown and changed over the decades, so too has the chamber. The chamber has 2,400 members and 60 employees, including full and part time.

The mission of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is to provide community leadership in the promotion of economic development, including tourism. Accordingly, the chamber will effectively involve itself in the governmental and political arena and in the coordination of efforts to advance business development in order to improve the quality of life and to encourage unity in the region. Simply stated, our primary objective is to make this area an even better place to live, work and play. We do that through service, innovation, community leadership and collaboration.