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Jul 14, 2021

TODAY: Following President Biden’s Voting Rights Address, Black Women’s Roundtable and the National Council of Negro Women to Host #FreedomtoVote Virtual Town Hall with National Civil Rights Leaders to Discuss Next Steps and Week of Action

Angelo Greco (917) 499-2688
Tkeban X.T. Jahannes (404) 944-1615

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, as part of the “Black Women Leaders and Allies Freedom to Vote Call to Action Week,” the NCBCP Black Women’s Roundtable and the National Council of Negro Women are hosting a virtual townhall meeting on voting rights. Following President Joe Biden’s afternoon address on voting rights and voter suppression, the #FreedomtoVote Virtual Townhall Meeting will host a panel of Black women leaders and allies to conduct an analysis of President Biden’s speech, discuss the stakes if voting rights bills are not passed in Congress, and thoughtfully examine the power of Black women leaders in today’s voting rights movement.

The town hall will be hosted by Melanie L. Campbell, President & CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable, and Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, President & Chair of the Board, National Council of Negro Women. The town hall will be moderated by Karen Finney, TV Commentator and Political Strategist, and Star Jones, Co-Founder, Instant Impact LLC and Executive Editor, Marquis Who’s Who “Makers List.”

As part of the “Black Women Leaders and Allies Freedom to Vote Call to Action Week,” a group of Black-led organizations have developed online and in-person organizing events in an urgent call for Congress to enact federal voting rights reform to protect Black voters from being disenfranchised by a tsunami of voter suppression laws that are being enacted across the country. The town hall is only one part of this week of action, which included a social media takeover on Monday and the town hall today, with a Congressional call-in day planned for Wednesday and a Day of Action on Capitol Hill slotted for Thursday.

Panelists for today’s townhall include Susan L. Taylor, Founder & President, National CARES Mentoring Movement and Editor-In-Chief Emerita, ESSENCE; Donna Brazile, Political Strategist, Adjunct Professor, Author, and television political commentator; Bishop Leah Daughtry, Founder and Co-Convenor, Power Rising and Principal, On These Things, LLC; Jotaka Eaddy, Chief Organizer, #WinWithBlackWomen, and Founder & CEO, Full Circle Strategies; Sonia Jarvis, Esq., Legal Counsel, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and Distinguished Lecturer & Director, Center on Equality, Pluralism & Policy, Baruch College School of Public Affairs, CUNY; Dr. Jeffries Leonard, National President, The Links; Janice Mathis, Esq., Executive Director, National Council of Negro Women; Minyon Moore, Co-Convenor, Power Rising and Principal, Dewey Square Group; and Joycelyn Tate, Senior Policy Advisor, Black Women’s Roundtable/NCBCP.

Closing remarks for the town hall will be delivered by Rev. Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO, The King Center, Global Thought Leader, Orator, and Peace Advocate.

WHO: NCBCP Black Women’s Roundtable, National Council of Negro Women, and many Black-led organizations and Black women leaders and allies.

WHAT: #FreedomtoVote Town Hall

WHEN & WHERE: 8:00 PM EST - 9:30 PM EST
Town Hall will stream on NCBCP’s Facebook Page and on Roland Martin Unfiltered


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 and power building 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.

The National Council of Negro Women is an “organization of organizations” (comprised of 300 campus and community-based sections and 32 national women’s organizations) that enlightens, inspires and connects more than 2,000,000 women and men.  Its mission is to lead, advocate for, and empower women of African descent, their families and communities. NCNW promotes education with a special emphasis on science, technology, art, engineering, and math (S.T.E.A.M.); encourages entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and economic stability; educates women concerning health equity in all areas of health and wellness; promotes civic engagement, public policy, and social justice.

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