Biographies Major Owens

Hon. Major R. Owens served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983-2007, elected to represent New York’s 11th Congressional District. He was appointed an unpaid distinguished visiting scholar at The John W. Kluge Center for 2007, upon his retirement from Congress.

Owens researched and wrote his book “The Peacock Elite, A Case Study of the Congressional Black Caucus” while in residence at the Kluge Center. The book traces the history of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and offers a blueprint for the caucus’s future. Owens was a member of the CBC and was chairman of the CBC Task Force on Haiti.

Owens was elected to the New York state senate in 1974 and to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 from New York’s 11th Congressional District. He was a member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Committee on Government Reform and was ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee for Workforce Protections. He was one of the original sponsors of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Owens began his career as a librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library. He received his master’s of library science from Atlanta University.

Publications

“The Peacock Elite, A Case Study of the Congressional Black Caucus” (2011) (catalog record)

Events

“A New Challenge to the Congressional Black Caucus” (2007) (Webcast)

News Releases

Selected Works at the Library of Congress