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Nov 27, 2012

LETTER TO THE SENATE: Black Women's Roundtable Unites a Diverse Group of Women Leaders and Organizations in Show of Support for United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice

Dear Chairman Feinstein and Ranking Member Chambliss:

On behalf of the Black Women’s Roundtable, in partnership with the legion of strong women leaders and organizations across this nation, we write to express our unequivocal support and respect for United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice as a leader and representative of the United States in foreign policy.

Ambassador Rice has been and continues to be a role model to all women. She has excelled throughout her career both in the public and private sector. Her commitment to international peace and the equality of all people should be heralded, not summarily dismissed for political gain and expedience. Hence, we urge all U. S. Senators to afford Ambassador Rice the proper respect appropriate for any other Cabinet-level member of a sitting Administration.

The Black Women’s Roundtable comprises an intergenerational membership of Black women civic leaders of international, national, regional and state-based organizations and institutions that works collectively to advance policies and strategic initiatives that help to improve the lives of underserved women and girls. Our members work in a wide range of social justice, civic, corporate, labor and women’s organizations and we support the ability of our sisters in the public and private sector to excel in their areas of expertise.

It is within this context that we must highlight the accomplishments of Ambassador Rice, who represents a rich and important legacy of strong women leaders in foreign policy, such as former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice, and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Ambassador Rice’s credentials are above reproach, having previously served as Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House.

It is a testament to Ambassador Rice’s work ethic and dedication to her craft that she became one of the youngest assistant secretaries of state in history during the Clinton Administration and ultimately became a co-recipient of the White House’s 2000 Samuel Nelson Drew Memorial Award for distinguished contributions to the formation of peaceful, cooperative relationships between states.

We feel it necessary to remind the Senate of Ambassador Rice’s impeccable credentials because of the failure of some to respect her role as the United States Ambassador and leader in foreign policy. While some members of the Senate have pushed back on their rush to judgment in the press regarding Ambassador Rice’s prepared remarks on the attack in Benghazi, we feel that the public integrity and reputation of this brilliant woman, who serves our country with great dignity, has been unfairly and unnecessarily attacked.

Ambassador Rice’s leadership in President Obama’s Cabinet is commendable. It is for this reason that we, the undersigned, have come together representing women leaders from across this country to express our ardent support for Ambassador Rice in her role as ambassador to the United Nations and any other public service leadership roles she may be afforded in the future.

We look forward to following-up with you on our support of Ambassador Rice.


Melanie L. Campbell, President & CEO and Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable, NCBCP

Rev. Marcia Dyson, Partner, M & M Dyson, LLC

Ingrid Saunders Jones, Chair, National Council of Negro Women

Susan L. Taylor, CEO and Founder, National CARES Mentoring Movement Editor-in-Chief Emerita, Essence Magazine

Susan Scanlan Chair,, National Council of Women's Organizations & President, Women's Research & Education Institute

Faye M. Anderson, Founder, Tracking Change

Angela M. Angel,, Esq. Member, Black Women's Roundtable

Barbara R. Arnwine,, Esq. Convener, Black Women for Justice

Diane Babineaux, Chief of Staff to the Int’l President, International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Works

Arlene Holt Baker, Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO

Monifa Bandele, Campaign Director,

Cora Masters Barry, Former First Lady Washington DC CEO/Founder, RWLC

Lisa Fager Bediako, President & CEO, Industry Ears

Dr. Lezli Baskerville, President & CEO, NAFEO

Dr. Michelle Battle, Executive Director, MIRA-National Youth Initiative

Salandra Benton, Convener, Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation

Jillian Blackwell, Founder, My Girlfriends Business

Heather Booth, Democracy Partner

Donna Brazile Vice Chair Voter Registration and Participation, DNC

Roslyn Brock Chairman, NAACP

Clayola Brown President & CEO, A. Philip Randolph Institute

Jessica Brown, National Black Youth Vote! Coordinator, NCBCP

Latosha Brown, Principal, TruthSpeaks Consulting

Helen Butler, Executive Director, Coalition for the People’s Agenda

Cynthia M. A. Butler McIntyre, National President, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Yvonne V. Cook, Assistant to the Provost And Vice President for Academic Affairs, Coppin State University

ShaRhonda Dawson Director, Chicago Coalition on Black Civic Participation

Edrea Davis Producer,

Felicia Davis Director, UNCF SP Building Green*

LaKimba B. DeSadier Executive Director, National Black Caucus of State Legislators

Vivica A. Fox President, Foxy Brown Productions

Sandra Fowler, President & CEO, Brewton Enterprises

Dr. Natalia A. Francisco, Founder/Executive Director, Women of Worth & Worship, LLC

Andrea Gleaves Chair, WIN (Women's Information Network)

Patricia Green, Founder & Chief Strategist, IC Linkages, Inc.

Dr. Cynthia Hale, Senior Pastor, Ray of Hope Christian Church Decatur, GA

Chanelle Hardy, Senior Vice President for Policy, National Urban League

Nancy Harvin, Member, Black Women’s Roundtable

Bonita M. Herring, International Grand Basileus, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority

Dr. Patricia Hobson Chair,, Local Host Summit Committee, The Black Women's Roundtable

Tanya Clay House Chair, Civil Rights Law National Bar Association

Eleanor Hinton Hoytt President & CEO, Black Women’s Health Imperative

Janaye Ingram, DC Bureau Chief, National Action Network

Dorothy R. Jackson, Esq., Board Member, NCBCP

Letetia Daniels Jackson, President/CEO, Tandeka LLC

Dr. Sabrina Jackson, CEO, Sabrina Jackson Enterprises, Michigan

Dr. Lorretta Johnson, Secretary-Treasurer, American Federation of Teachers

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, Executive Director, National Council of Negro Women

Stephanie Jones, President, Stephanie Jones Strategies

Carol Joyner, National Political Director, Labor Project for Working Families

Nancy K. Kaufman, CEO, National Council of Jewish Women

Julian B. Kiganda, President, African Diaspora for Change

Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO, The King Center

Nicole Lee, President, TransAfrica Forum*

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, Executive Director/CEO, National Black Justice Coalition

Dr. Evelyn Gibson Lowery, President, SCLC/W.O.M.E.N. Inc.

Leslie Watson Malachi, Director, African American Ministers in Action

Tamika Mallory, National Executive Director, National Action Network

Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Founder, Last Word Productions, Inc.

Barbara Miller, Professor of Anthropology & International Affairs and Director, Institute for Global & International Studies, The Elliott School of International Affairs George Washington University

Dr. Judith C. Moore, Executive Director, Sisters Saving Ourselves NOW Pastor, First AME Church-Clairton, PA

Minyon Moore, Former Assistant to the President Bill Clinton and Director , Public Liaison

Karen Mulhauser, President, Mulhauser and Associates

Claire A. Nelson, Ph.D., Founder & President Institute of Caribbean Studies

Sophia A. Nelson, Esq., Author Black Woman, Redefined Journalist, Speaker

Sima Osdoby, Consulting Democracy, Governance and Civil Society

Terry O’Neill, President, National Organization for Women

Kimberly Otis, Senior Advisor, Center for Partnership Studies, Director, Caring Economy Campaign

Stephanie Parker-Weaver, Founding President and CEO, Rebirth Alliance and Co-Convener, MCBCP

Barbara A. Perkins, President, International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute

Amy Pritchard, Principle Mission Control and President, Democratic GAIN

Rene Redwood, CEO, Redwood Enterprise, LLC

Deidra Reese, State Coordinator, Ohio Unity Coalition

Jena Roscoe, SVP, Government Relations, Public Policy, Operation HOPE

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, CEO and Co-Founder,

Deborah Robinson, Convener, MS Black Women’s Roundtable, Co-Convener, MSCBP

Delisa Saunders,, Ph.D. Former Board Member, NCBCP

Rita Jackson Samuels,, Founder, Georgia Coalition of Black Women, Inc.

Carlottia Scott, Board Member, NCBCP

Deborah Scott, Executive Director, Georgia Stand Up!

Elsie L. Scott, Ph.D. Director, Ronald Walters Leadership & Public Policy Center,Howard University*

Kimberly Scott, President, Conklin Scott

Karen J. See, President, Coalition of Labor Union Women

Traci Siegel, Senior Vice President, GMMB

Dr. Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich, President & CEO, Center for Community & Economic Justice

Makeda Smith, President, Jazzmyne PR

Carolyn House Stewart,, Esq. International President, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc

Pierrette Talley, Convener, Ohio Unity Coalition

Makani Themba, Executive Director, The Praxis Project

Sheila Tyson, Convener, Alabama Coalition on Black Civic Participation

Tonya Tyson, Member, Black Women’s Roundtable

A. Shuanise Washington, Founder and Principal Washington Solutions, LLC Management & Political Consulting Firm

Robin Williams, Associate Director, Civil Rights & Community Action UFCW

Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, President, Skinner Leadership Institute

Dr. E. Faye Williams National Chair, National Congress of Black Women

Thomasina Williams, Esq. Research Affiliate, MIT Community Innovators Lab

Vanessa Williams Executive Director, National Conference of Black Mayors

Linda Young, President, National Women’s Political Caucus

Sharon Zimmerman Interim Executive Director, Women’s Action for New Directions

[Partial Listing] *organization referenced for identification purposes only.

The Honorable Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader
The Honorable Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader
The Honorable John Boehner, Speaker, U. S. House of Representatives
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader, U. S. House of Representatives
The Honorable Emanuel Cleaver, Chairman, Congressional Black Caucus
The Honorable Marcia Fudge, Chair-Elect, Congressional Black Caucus
The Honorable Cynthia Lummis, Co-Chair, Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues
The Honorable Gwen Moore, Co-Chair, Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues

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