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Sep 20, 2023

Black Women's Roundtable To Hold 15th Annual Policy Forum During Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference

The Annual BWR Policy Forum will bring together thought leaders, policy makers, advocates, legislators and Black women leadership in a powerful discussion aimed at leveraging the political power of black women in an era of unprecedented attacks on our collective rights and freedoms while also exploring strategies to expand Black Political Power ahead of the 2024 election cycle.

WHO: Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP)

WHAT: 15th Annual Black Women’s Roundtable “Power of the Ballot: We Won't Be Erased!” Public Policy Forum moderated by The Grio White House Correspondent and Bureau Chief, April Ryan

WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 146AB* 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW Washington, DC 20001. Also livestreamed on Facebook @ncbcp and #RolandMartinUnfiltered

WHEN: 9:30am to 11:00 am, EST, Wednesday, September 20, 2023 as part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference (CBCF ALC)

BACKGROUND: The 15th Annual Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) Public Policy Forum, in partnership with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference, will focus on the leadership role, expertise, power and influence Black women have to drive Black political power, protect our rights and freedoms, mobilize the Black vote and set the nation’s policy agenda. The forum will feature some of the nation’s most influential Black women leaders in civil rights, corporate, education, entertainment, labor, media, politics, philanthropy; and economic, environmental, gender and social justice leaders across generations.

In addition to the Annual Policy Forum, NCBCP and The Black Women’s Roundtable will convene three additional activations. The first, a Women of Power gathering on Thursday, Sept 21st from 10:30am - 12pm EST featuring corporate leaders, philanthropists and influencers. On Thursday, Sept 21st, Verizon and BWR will co-host a Tech Policy Panel from 2:00PM - 3:30PM. And lastly, on Friday, Sept 30 from 3pm-6pm EST, AARP and BWR will co-host a panel discussion on caregiving with experts, advocates and women leaders entitled, “Love, Light & Laughter, Real Conversation about Caregiving in the Black Community with a special tribute to Caregivers by Academy Award and Multi Grammy Award winning singer, Regina Bell. Please reach out to the contacts above for additional information on these panels, panelists and/or topics.

Policy Forum Host:  Melanie L. Campbell - President & CEO, National Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable

Policy Forum Moderator:  April Ryan - White House Correspondent, Bureau Chief, The Grio, Author, Black Women Will Save the World: An Anthem

Policy Forum Panelists:

● Latosha Brown, Co-Founder, Black Voters Matter (confirmed)
● Helen Butler, Executive Director, Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda, GA BWR
● Laphonza Butler, President, Emily’s List
● Rebekah Caruthers, Vice President, Fair Elections Center
● Shay Franco-Clausen, Co-Chair, National Black Justice Coalition
● Bishop Leah Daughtry, Co-Founder, Power Rising
● Tanya Clay House, Executive Vice President, Campaigns and Advocacy, Hip Hop Caucus
● Letetia Daniels Jackson, Convener, South Alabama BWR, Plaintiff, Allen v. Milligan Redistricting Case
● Marcia Johnson, Co-Director, Voting Rights Project, LCCRUL
● Ebonie C. Riley, Senior Vice President of Policy & Strategic Partnerships, National Action Network
● DeJuana Thompson, Founder, Woke Vote
● Glynda Carr, Co-Founder & President, Higher Heights for America
● Holli Holliday, Esq., President & CEO, Sisters Lead, Sisters Vote
● Krysta Jones, Co-Convener, Virginia Black Women’s Roundtable
● Regina Davis Moss, President & CEO, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
● Monica Simpson, Executive Director, SisterSong
● Kara Turrentine, Campaign Manager, Power of the Ballot Action Fund
● Tonya Tyson - Vice President of Operations & Events Management, NCBCP
● Tona Boyd, Associate Director-Counsel, NAACP LDF
● Clayola Brown, National President, APRI, Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnership and Racial Justice, AFL-CIO
● Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director, Advancement Project
● Judy Beard, Legislative & Political Director, American Postal Workers Union
● Jocelyn Frye, President & CEO, National Partnership for Women & Families
● Mary Pat Hector, CEO, RISE
● Gwen Hess, Executive Director, Black Women’s Agenda
● Janice Mathis, Esq., Legal Counsel, National Council of Negro Women
● Margaret Mitchell, CEO, YWCA
● Bishop Vashti McKenzie, Interim President & General Secretary, National Council of Churches
● Rev. Dr. Judith Moore, Convener, Pittsburgh/Mon Valley BWR, Executive Director, Sisters Saving Ourselves Now
● Becky Pringle, President, National Education Association
● Tameka Ramsey, Convener, Michigan Black Women’s Roundtable, MCBCP
● Angela Rye, Principal & CEO, IMPACT Strategies
● Deborah Scott, CEO, Georgia Stand-UP, State Partner, Unity/BWR/BYV
● Adrianne Shropshire, Executive Director, Black PAC
● Hon. Sheila Tyson, Convener, Alabama Black Women’s Roundtable, ACBCP
● Maya Wiley, President and CEO, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
● Robin Williams, Board Member, NAACP, Co-Convener, MD/DC Black Women’s Roundtable


The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) is one of the most active civil rights and social justice organizations in the nation “dedicated to increasing civic engagement, economic and voter empowerment in Black America.” The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) is the women and girls’ empowerment arm of the NCBCP. At the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women, BWR promotes their health and wellness, economic security & prosperity, education and global empowerment as key elements for success.

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