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Mar 15, 2016

Black Women's Roundtable 5th Annual Summit Held This Week


Invest. Inspire. Unite #bwrsummit16 #powerofthesistervote #sistarpower

Hundreds of Black women and girls from around the country will convene in the Washington, DC area Thursday, March 17, 2016 – Sunday, March 20, 2016 for the Black Women's Roundtable Women of Power National Summit. The three-day summit celebrates Women's History Month and includes a wide range of organizing and empowerment activities including a BWR Public Policy Day on Capitol Hill March 17 as well as forums, panels and other activities at the Washington Court Hotel located at 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW. The summit will culminate with a “Sistars Awards” Ceremony on Saturday, March 19th.

"Our summit will focus on engaging in collective strategy to develop solutions for women and girls to live healthier, wealthier and wiser lives through public policy, civic engagement, social innovation, entrepreneurship, organizing, leadership development and mentoring," said Melanie Campbell, convener of the Black Women's Roundtable and president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.

Thursday, March 17, 9:00 am to 10:30 am- 2167 Rayburn - Voices of Emerging Leaders - Civic Engagement Panel with Female Students Ages 13-18 from Northern Virginia, Prince Georges County

Thursday, March 17, 12 noon 2:00 pm - Washington Court Hotel, Atrium Ballroom – Congressional Luncheon – Release of the BWR “Black Women in the U.S. Report”

BWR will release its 3rd Annual Black Women in the U.S 2016 Report,” which is viewed by scholars and experts as one of the most comprehensive collection of data about black women and serves as the foundation for numerous other reports. The summit will also feature a “Power of the Sister Vote” Townhall Meeting to discuss what Black women want from the next president of the United States; and the launch of its Take It to the Top” HBCU/Community Entrepreneurship Project.

Thursday, March 17, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm- Washington Court Hotel - #PoweroftheSisterVote Town Hall Meeting

Friday, March 18, 9 am - 10:30 am - Race, Social and Criminal Justice Breakfast Plenary Session (Focus on recent violence at political rallies)

Saturday, March 19 – Events at Washington Court Hotel

For a full list of events please visit

Confirmed Speakers Include:

Melanie Campbell, National Convener, Black Women's Roundtable and President & CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP)

Teresa C. Younger, President & CEO, Ms. Foundation for Women

Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI)

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX)

Edna Kane-Williams, Senior Vice President, AARP

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, President, Unlimited, LLC, Senior Policy Advisor Black Women's Roundtable

Carol Joyner, Director, Labor Project for Working Families, Family Values @ Work

Janaye Ingram, former executive director, National Executive Director, National Action Network

Tamika Mallory, Board Member, The Gathering for Justice, New York Justice League

Pam Meanes, Esq., Immediate Past President, National Bar Association

Clayola Brown, President, A. Philip Randolph Institute

Angela T. Rye, Principal and CEO, Impact Strategies

Rev. Dr. Judith C. Moore, Convener, Pittsburgh BWR, Sisters Saving Ourselves Now

Salandra Benton, Florida Convener, Black Women's Roundtable

Hon. Shelia Tyson, Alabama Convener, Black Women's Roundtable

Robin Williams, Director, Civil and Human Rights, UFCW

Danielle Atkinson, Convener, Detroit Black Women’s Roundtable, Mothering Justice

Honorable Stephanie Moore, Convener, Kalamazoo Black Women’s Roundtable, Mothers of Hope

Peetey Talley, Convener, Ohio Unity Coalition

Holli Holliday, National Campaign Director, NCBCP

Waikinya Clanton, Executive Director, National Organization of Black Legislative Women

Angela T. Rye, Principal and CEO, Impact Strategies

Helen Butler, Convener, GA Black Women’s Roundtable, GCPA

Felicia Davis, Convener, Clayton County GA BWR

Illai Kennedy, Member, Black Youth Vote Alumni Group, Environmental Justice Expert

Dr. L. Toni Lewis, Chair, SEIU Healthcare, Service Employees International Union

Dr. Elsie Scott, Founding Director, Ronald W. Walters Leadership & Public Policy Center, Howard University

And more……….

Cost to attend BWR Summit: $50 for persons over 18 and $25 for students. Persons can register for the event here

The Black Women's Roundtable (BWR) serves as the women and girls empowerment arm of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. BWR promotes health and wellness, economic security and sustainability, education and global empowerment. The National Coalition, founded in 1976, creates and enlightens communities by building institutional capacity that provides and develops leadership. By educating, motivating, organizing, and mobilizing Black communities, The National Coalition seeks to encourage full participation in a barrier-free democratic process. The National Coalition works to expand, strengthen, and empower communities to make voting and civic participation a cultural responsibility and tradition.

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