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Mar 17, 2014

Black Women’s Roundtable to Release Report on the Status of Black Women During BWR Women of Power Summit

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Susan L. Taylor, Lucia McBath, and Dee Marshall among featured speakers

Washington, DC - Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network (BWR), the women’s initiative of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), will release a report reviewing the overall status of Black women during the third annual BWR Women of Power Summit taking place March 27-29 in Washington, DC.

The report will be released on Capitol Hill the first day of the summit - Public Policy Day. Following the release of the report BWR delegates will visit legislators on Capitol Hill and attend a briefing with representatives from Congress. Confirmed speakers include Congresswoman Yvette Clarke; Congresswoman Donna Edwards; Susan L. Taylor, National CARES Mentoring Movement; Lucia McBath, Mother of Jordan Davis; and Dee Marshall, Raising the Bar LLC, among others.

On Friday the women will assemble for a day of organizing and training at The Hilton Crystal City. Day three of the BWR Women of Power summit is dedicated to education and cultural enrichment allowing the intergenerational group of women and girls to tour major landmarks in the nation’s capital.

“We are excited about hosting our network of women in DC and releasing a report on the status of the women who out-voted every demographic in the last election,” said Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO, NCBCP and convener, BWR. “Our delegates will visit their representatives to let them know the needs in their local communities. We will have also have sessions and workshops on economic opportunities, financial literacy, equal pay issues, quality public education, STEM, voting rights, and sustainability, among other issues.”

The BWR Report, The Status of Black Women in the US in 2014: 50 Years After the War on Poverty, Brown v. Board of Education & Civil Rights Act of 1964, will be the first in an annual series of reports that will compile and analyze data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Department of Education, The Department of Health and Human Services, and findings from existing research, to provide a broad view of the lives of Black Women in America at this critical juncture. With Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever of Incite Unlimited serving as lead researcher, members of the Black Women’s Roundtable will examine the following issues:

• The Economy -- Channel Hardy, National Urban League Policy Institute
• Education -- Avis Jones-DeWeever, Incite Unlimited
• Politics -- Elsie Scott, Howard University, Waikinya Clanton, NOBEL-Women
• Business -- Felicia Davis, Building Green Network, Avis Jones-DeWeever, Incite Unlimited
• The Labor Movement -- Carol Joyner, Labor Project for Working Families, Robin Williams, UFCW
• Law -- Tanya Clay House, Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
• Technology -- Joycelyn Tate, Telecom Talk
• Criminal Justice -- Avis Jones-DeWeever, Incite Unlimited
• Health & Wellness --Avis Jones-DeWeever, Incite Unlimited
• The Retirement Years -- Edna Kane-Williams, AARP
• A Black Women's Agenda for 2014 and Beyond – Melanie L. Campbell, NCBCP, Makani Themba, The Praxis Project
• A Black Women's 2014-2020 Civic Engagement and Empowerment Strategy – Melanie Campbell, NCBCP, Letetia Daniels Jackson, Tandeka, LLC

Black Women’s Roundtable is an intergenerational women’s policy network of the NCBCP, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement in Black and underserved communities. BWR is at the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women and girls and promotes health and wellness, economic security, education and global empowerment as key elements for success.

Sponsors of the 2014 BWR Summit include Verizon Foundation, The Moriah Fund, The Coca-Cola Company, Ford Foundation, American Federation of Government Employees and American Postal Workers Union, among others. To register ($40 women; $20 girls & teens 12 - 17)or for more information visit, email or call (202) 659-4929.

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