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Black Women’s Roundtable Unites a Diverse Group of Women Leaders and Organizations in Support of United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice

Black Women’s Roundtable Unites a Diverse Group of Women Leaders and Organizations in Support of United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice


Washington, DC – A diverse group of women leaders and organizations have joined forces with the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) to launch a campaign to express their unequivocal support of United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice and to encourage senate and congressional leaders to treat the esteemed public servant with respect. In addition to signing on to an open letter to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, nearly 100 women from across the country are promoting an online petition in support of Ambassador Rice via personal and organizational networks as well as online social media.

Women signing on to the letter include: Melanie L. Campbell, President & CEO and Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable, NCBCP; Rev. Marcia Dyson, Partner, M & M Dyson, LLC; Ingrid Saunders Jones, Chair, National Council of Negro Women; Susan L. Taylor, CEO and Founder, National CARES Mentoring Movement, Susan Scanlan, Chair, National Council of Women’s Organizations & President, Women’s Research & Education Institute; Vivica A. Fox, President, Foxy Brown Productions; and Dr. Natalia A. Francisco, Founder/Executive Director, Women of Worth & Worship, LLC.

The letter sent to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and committee ranking member Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) said, “Ambassador Rice has been and continues to be a role model to all women. She has excelled throughout her career both in the public and private sector. Her commitment to international peace and the equality of all people should be heralded, not summarily dismissed for political gain and expedience. Hence, we urge all U. S. Senators to afford Ambassador Rice the proper respect appropriate for any other Cabinet-level member of a sitting Administration.”

The letter continues, “We feel it necessary to remind the Senate of Ambassador Rice’s impeccable credentials because of the failure of some to respect her role as the United States Ambassador and leader in foreign policy. While some members of the Senate have pushed back on their rush to judgment in the press regarding Ambassador Rice’s prepared remarks on the attack in Benghazi, we feel that the public integrity and reputation of this brilliant woman, who serves our country with great dignity, has been unfairly and unnecessarily attacked.”

The Black Women’s Roundtable comprises an intergenerational membership of Black women civic leaders of international, national, regional and state-based organizations and institutions that works collectively to advance policies and strategic initiatives that help to improve the lives of underserved women and girls.

The BWR open letter to the Senate, a link to the petition, and a widget to post the petition to websites and social media are located at www.ncbcp.org, and Petition2Congress.com (http://tinyurl.com/c3oazfb). The twitter hashtag is #SUPPORTAMBASSADORRICE.


NOTE TO MEDIA: Several of the signers are available for interview email edmedia@dogonvillage.com. Signers:

Melanie L. Campbell
President & CEO and Convener
Black Women’s Roundtable, NCBCP

Rev. Marcia Dyson
Partner, M & M Dyson, LLC

Ingrid Saunders Jones
National Council of Negro Women

Susan L. Taylor
CEO and Founder
National CARES Mentoring Movement
Editor-in-Chief Emerita, Essence Magazine

Susan Scanlan
Chair, National Council of Women’s Organizations & President, Women’s Research & Education Institute

Faye M. Anderson
Tracking Change

Angela M. Angel, Esq.
Black Women’s Roundtable

Barbara R. Arnwine, Esq.
Convener, Black Women for Justice

Diane Babineaux
Chief of Staff to the Int’l President
International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Works

Arlene Holt Baker
Executive Vice President

Monifa Bandele
Campaign Director

Cora Masters Barry
Former First Lady Washington DC
CEO/Founder, RWLC

Lisa Fager Bediako
President & CEO
Industry Ears

Dr. Lezli Baskerville
President & CEO

Salandra Benton
Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation

Jillian Blackwell
My Girlfriends Business

Heather Booth
Democracy Partner

Donna Brazile
Vice Chair, Voter Registration and Participation, DNC

Roslyn Brock

Clayola Brown
President & CEO
A. Philip Randolph Institute

Jessica Brown
National Black Youth Vote! Coordinator

Latosha Brown
TruthSpeaks Consulting

Helen Butler
Executive Director
Coalition for the People’s Agenda

Cynthia M. A. Butler McIntyre
National President
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Yvonne V. Cook
Assistant to the Provost
And Vice President for Academic Affairs
Coppin State University

ShaRhonda Dawson
Director, Chicago Coalition on Black Civic Participation

Edrea Davis
Executive Producer

Felicia Davis
UNCF SP Building Green*

LaKimba B. DeSadier
Executive Director
National Black Caucus of State Legislators

Vivica A. Fox
Foxy Brown Productions

Dr. Natalia A. Francisco
Founder/Executive Director
Women of Worth & Worship, LLC

Andrea Gleaves
WIN (Women’s Information Network)

Patricia Green
Founder & Chief Strategist
IC Linkages, Inc.

Sharon Hanshaw
Executive Director
Coastal Women for Change

Dr. Cynthia Hale
Senior Pastor
Ray of Hope Christian Church
Decatur, GA

Chanelle Hardy
Senior Vice President for Policy
National Urban League

Nancy Harvin
Member, Black Women’s Roundtable

Bonita M. Herring
International Grand Basileus
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority

Dr. Patricia Hobson
Chair, Local Host Summit Committee
The Black Women’s Roundtable

Tanya Clay House
Chair, Civil Rights Law
National Bar Association

Eleanor Hinton Hoytt
President & CEO
Black Women’s Health Imperative

Janaye Ingram
DC Bureau Chief
National Action Network

Dorothy R. Jackson, Esq.
Board Member, NCBCP

Letetia Daniels Jackson
Tandeka LLC

Dr. Sabrina Jackson
Sabrina Jackson Enterprises, Michigan

Dr. Lorretta Johnson
American Federation of Teachers

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever
Executive Director
National Council of Negro Women

Stephanie Jones
Stephanie Jones Strategies

Carol Joyner
National Political Director
Labor Project for Working Families

Julian B. Kiganda
African Diaspora for Change

Dr. Bernice A. King
The King Center

Nicole Lee
TransAfrica Forum**

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks
Executive Director/CEO
National Black Justice Coalition

Dr. Evelyn Gibson Lowery
President, SCLC/W.O.M.E.N. Inc.

Leslie Watson Malachi
African American Ministers in Action

Tamika Mallory
National Executive Director
National Action Network

Dr. Julianne Malveaux
Economist, Scholar & Author
President & CEO
Last Word Productions, Inc.

Barbara Miller
Professor of Anthropology & International Affairs and Director, Institute for Global & International Studies
The Elliott School of International Affairs
George Washington University

Dr. Judith C. Moore
Executive Director,
Sisters Saving Ourselves NOW
Pastor, First AME Church-Clairton, PA

Minyon Moore
Former Assistant to the President Bill Clinton and Director of Public Liaison

Karen Mulhauser
Mulhauser and Associates

Sima Osdoby
Democracy, Governance and Civil Society

Terry O’Neill
National Organization for Women

Kimberly Otis
Senior Advisor, Center for Partnership Studies, Director, Caring Economy Campaign

Stephanie Parker-Weaver
Founding President and CEO
Rebirth Alliance and Co-Convener, MSCBP

Barbara A. Perkins
International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute

Amy Pritchard
Principle Mission Control and
President Democratic GAIN

Rene Redwood
Redwood Enterprise, LLC

Deidra Reese
State Coordinator
Ohio Unity Coalition

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner
CEO and Co-Founder

Deborah Robinson
Convener, MS Black Women’s Roundtable
Co-Convener, MSCBP

Delisa Saunders, Ph.D.
Former Board Member, NCBCP

Rita Samuels
Rita Jackson Samuels, Founder
Georgia Coalition of Black Women, Inc.

Carlottia Scott
Board Member, NCBCP

Deborah Scott
Executive Director
Georgia Stand Up!

Elsie L. Scott, Ph.D.
Director, Ronald Walters Leadership & Public Policy Center, Howard University**

Kimberly Scott
Conklin Scott

Traci Siegel
Senior Vice President

Dr. Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich
President & CEO
Center for Community & Economic Justice

Makeda Smith
President, Jazzmyne PR

Carolyn House Stewart, Esq.
International President
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc

Pierrette Talley
Ohio Unity Coalition

Makani Themba
Executive Director
The Praxis Project

Sheila Tyson
Alabama Coalition on Black Civic Participation

Tonya Tyson
Black Women’s Roundtable

A. Shuanise Washington
Founder and Principal
Washington Solutions, LLC
Management & Political Consulting Firm

Robin Williams
Associate Director
Civil Rights & Community Action

Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner
Skinner Leadership Institute

Dr. E. Faye Williams
National Chair
National Congress of Black Women

Thomasina Williams, Esq.
Research Affiliate
MIT Community Innovators Lab

Vanessa Williams
Executive Director
National Conference of Black Mayors

Sharon Zimmerman
Interim Executive Director
Women’s Action for New Directions
[UPDATED SIGN ON as of 11.28.12]
**organization referenced for identification purposes only.