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Melanie Campbell, President/CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable

Summit Seeks to Address Critical Issues on Capitol Hill including Affordable Health Care, Federal Budget Cuts, Criminal Justice Reform, Voting Rights, Paid Family & Medical Leave, Gun Safety

March 21, 2017 (Washington, DC) – The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP)’s Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) will host its Sixth Annual BWR Women of Power National Summit (BWR Summit) on Wednesday, March 29 thru Sunday, April 2, with events taking place on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and at the Summit’s headquarters hotel, the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. The theme of this year’s Summit is “Invest. Inspire. Unite. Act!!!”

The BWR Summit is a component of the NCBCP’s BWR Healthy, Wealthy & Wise Empowerment Project (BWR Empowerment Project). The BWR Empowerment Project focuses on amplifying the intergenerational power and voices of black women on race and gender equity, economic security and prosperity, income inequality, health, economic, educational and social issues impacting urban centers, small towns and rural communities.

Attendees of all ages are expected from across the nation for the Summit. Confirmed speakers and presenters include: Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-3); Linda W. Brigham, Senior Manager, Public Affairs & Communications, the Coca-Cola Company; Maureen Bunyan, former news anchor for Washington, D.C.’s WJLA-TV and a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists; Vanessa DeLuca, Editor-In-Chief, ESSENCE Magazine; Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook, Former U. S. Ambassador At-Large for International Religious Freedom, Obama Administration; Donna Epps, Vice President, Public Policy & Strategic Alliances, Verizon; Janaye Ingram, Director of Logistics for the Women’s March on Washington; Avis Jones-DeWeever, PhD, BWR Senior Policy Advisor, Founder, Incite Unlimited, LLC; Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18); Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13); Omorosa Manigault, Director of Communications Office of Public Liaison, The White House; Becky Pringle, Vice President, National Education Association; April Ryan, White House Correspondent for the American Urban Radio Network; Congresswoman Terri Sewell (AL-7); Sidra Smith, Award Winning Producer, Recipient, NAACP Image Awards; Edna Kane Williams, Senior Vice President, Multi-Cultural Marketing, AARP; and more.

Melanie Campbell, President/CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable, shared “This year, we will launch the BWR Summit by releasing the 4th Annual BWR Report, ‘Black Women in the U.S., 2017: Moving Forward in a Post-Obama Era.’ The BWR will share the report with members of the 115th Congress and the Trump Administration. We will also educate and share our deep concerns about the proposed repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that cuts Medicare and Medicaid; and federal budget cuts to safety net programs that impact the most vulnerable, such as afterschool programs for poor children, meals on wheels for our senior citizens, clean air and water protections in communities across the country and other issues.”


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2017 BWR Summit Media Advisory

The BWR Summit’s Agenda includes:

  • Wednesday, March 29 – Release of the 4th Annual BWR Summit Report on the Status of African American Women

  • Media Availability to discuss Report

  • Thursday, March 30 - BWR Public Policy Education Day (Washington, DC)

  • Day of Action @ Hill – Features Visits with Congressional Representatives on Capitol Hill

  • Press briefing regarding the impact of President Trump’s budget on Black women and families

  • Congressional Legislative Lunch Briefing

  • White House Update

  • Update from Women's March on Washington: Next Steps

  • Friday, March 31 – Community Action Day (Crystal City Marriott)

  • #Ready4TheFight For Our Rights & Justice For All - Morning Plenary

  • Leveraging the Power of the Sister to Win on Our Issues - State-Based Organizing Strategy Sessions

  • The Federal Budget, What’s At Stake, Devolution & Advocacy - Afternoon Plenary

  • The Power of Black Women’s Voices in the Media in a Post-Obama Era

  • The Power of Black Women’s Leadership in Business, Education, Technology, Sports & International Affairs

  • SisTARS Can We Talk Across Generations? (TedTalk Style)

  • Healthy, Wealthy, Wise Enrichment Sessions

  • Global Empowerment Organizing Session

  • Saturday, April 1 – Health, Healing and Inspiration Day/Awards Ceremony (Crystal City Marriott)

  • Love You More Power Walk, Yoga & Movement/Dance (Femme!)

  • Entrepreneurs Pavilion, Spa Treatment, Aroma Therapy, Massage Therapy, Authors Pavilion

  • Coaching, Healing, Nutrition Sharing Circles

  • Healthy, Wealthy, Wise Lunch Plenary

  • SisTARS Awards Ceremony & Reception

  • Sunday, April 2 – Sunday Inspiration and closing session (Crystal City Marriott)

BWR 2017 Summit sponsors include: AARP, The Coca-Cola Company, Moriah Fund, National Education Association, National Urban League, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Verizon.

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 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.

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