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Aug 10, 2015

WHAT BLACK WOMEN WANT IN 2016! ESSENCE and Black Women’s Roundtable Launch Power of the Sister Vote Poll

August 10, 2015 (Washington, DC)  -  The Black Women’s Roundtable and ESSENCE today launched its Power of the Sister Vote poll--aimed at more than 10,000 women. The survey will focus on the 2016 election and gauge the key issues Black women want addressed by the next President of the United States of America.

“The Black Women’s Roundtable is thrilled to partner with ESSENCE to ensure Black women’s voices and issues are elevated in the 2016 presidential election cycle. We believe it is vital for all candidates seeking to become the next president of the United States of America to know what Black women want for our vote,” said Melanie Campbell, National Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable and President & CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.

Results from the Power of the Sister Vote survey will be released at the 7th Annual BWR Policy Forum Series and Press Conference during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference on September 16, 2015 in Washington, DC, which will be co-hosted by the Black Women’s Roundtable, ESSENCE and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

“We believe that our partnership with the Black Women’s Roundtable will empower women to share their opinions, leverage their influence and ultimately affect change in the lead-up to the 2016 election and beyond,” said Vanessa De Luca, ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief.

ESSENCE and the Black Women’s Roundtable announced its partnership during the ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans last month. In addition to the Power of the Sister Vote survey, the partnership will include ESSENCE’s participation in the Black Women Roundtable’s Healthy, Wealthy & Wise Empowerment Tour to address income inequality, health justice, criminal justice and retirement security; running through September 2015. The tour will provide women across the country with tools and resources on economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, holistic health, civic engagement and leadership development. The multi-city event is led by the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation state-based affiliates, as well as the Black Women’s Roundtable networks and partners in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC.

The Black Women’s Roundtable Healthy, Wealthy & Wise Empowerment Tour is supported by AARP, the Ford Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation and the Moriah Fund.

“The Black Women’s Roundtable has expanded our ability to provide relevant policy and research impacting Black women that elevates their voices and expertise and connects that research to civic engagement and community organizing in urban and rural communities that too often get overlooked,” said Jennifer Tucker, Black Women’s Roundtable Senior Policy Advisor, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.

About the Black Women’s Roundtable: The Black Women's Roundtable (BWR) is the women and girls empowerment arm of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP). The BWR promotes health and wellness, economic security & prosperity, quality public education and global empowerment. BWR established its Intergenerational Policy Network in 2008, which is comprised of a diverse group of Black women civic leaders representing international, national, regional, and state-based organizations and institutions. Together, the BWR membership represents the issues and concerns of millions of Black people who live across the United States and around the world.

About ESSENCE Communcations Inc.: ESSENCE Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events and online. The company’s flagship publication, ESSENCE magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women; generating brand extensions such as the ESSENCE Festival, ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music, Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, the ESSENCE Book Club,, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 45 years, ESSENCE, which has a brand reach of 13.4 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information and specific solutions relating to every area of African-American women’s lives. Additional information about ECI and ESSENCE is available at


Enid Doggett/Black Women’s Roundtable

Dana Baxter/ESSENCE

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