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Black Women's Roundtable to Release Report on the Status of Black Women During BWR Women of Power Summit
3/18/2014 3:21:11 PM

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 utilize data from a wide range of government and private sources 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 BWR 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
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 -- Jocelyn Tate, Telecom Talk
Criminal Justice -- Avis Jones-DeWeever
Health & Wellness -- Shambulia Gadsden Sams, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
The Retirement Years -- Edna Kane-Williams, AARP
A Black Women's Agenda for 2014 and Beyond - Melanie Campbell, Makani Themba, The Praxis Project
A Black Women's 2014-2020 Civic Engagement and Empowerment Strategy - Melanie Campbell, Letetia Daniels Jackson, Tandeka, LLC

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