Black women assert their agenda at White House
Special to The Dallas Examiner
3/21/2013, 3:22 p.m.
WASHINGTON Women of power from 10 states met in the nation's Capitol Tuesday through Thursday to celebrate International Women's Day.
The group visited elected officials reminding them that Black women who voted in record numbers expect Congress to stop the partisan politics and pass legislation that creates well paying jobs, increases in small business opportunities for women, and invests in education.
The visits to Capitol Hill and the White House were part of the Black Women's Round table National Women of Power Summit at the National Education Association's Headquarters. The theme of the summit, entitled "Amplifying the Voices of Women and Girls in the Digital Age," included keynote speakers U.S. Ambassador-At-Large for International Freedom Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook of the U. S. State Department and editor-in-chief emerita of Essence magazine Susan L. Taylor.
"We're coming together in the nation's Capitol to leverage our vote," said Melanie L. Campbell, convener of Black Women's Round table and president of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. "We want to tell our elected officials what we want which includes ending sequestration now and becoming a functional government working in the interest of the people."
The empowerment summit featured workshops on healthy living, equal pay, financial planning, mental health and entrepreneurship. Skill-building sessions trained organizers on new technology, mentoring, issue-organizing and enrichment sessions for girls and teens.
B.W.R. is a network of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement in Black and under served communities. B.W.R. brings together diverse women to motivate other Black women to engage in all levels of civil society.