Black Women in the US: Progress Made, But Key Areas Need Dire National Attention and Urgent Action

Contributors to Black Women's Roundtable report, Black Women in the U.S., 2014  stop for a photo during the BWR Summit kick-off at the National Council of Negro Women headquarters. Pictured (L-R):Dr. L. Toni Lewis, SEIU Healthcare; Joycelyn Tate, Telecom Talk;  Melanie L. Campbell, Black Women's Roundtable; Felicia Davis, Building Green Network;   Avis Jones-DeWeever, PhD, Incite Unlimited; Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Ph.D.; and Carol Joyner, Labor Project for Working Families. PHOTO CREDIT: CIT-VISUALS

Washington, DC – A report released recently by Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network (BWR), Black Women in the U.S., 2014, found that significant progress has been made since key historical markers however, there are many areas that remain in need of dire national attention and urgent action. The report was released during a legislative [...]

Women Play Integral Role in Civil Rights Meeting with President Obama

President Obama meets with African American civil rights leaders to discuss criminal justice reform, income inequality and the Affordable Care Act, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Feb. 18, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Washington, DC – Earlier this week President Barack Obama; Attorney General Eric Holder; senior advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett; and director of the Domestic Policy Council, Cecilia Munoz; met with Black leaders of civil rights organizations at The White House to discuss jobs, income inequality, voter suppression, criminal justice reform and other issues that [...]

Ready for Hillary Black Americans Program Announces 8-City Rollout for Black History Month


The national grassroots organization Ready for Hillary marked Black History Month with the official launch of its Black Americans program, a national effort to engage and mobilize the black community around a potential Hillary Clinton candidacy. The program will build upon many of the successful strategies implemented during the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns including [...]

President Obama to Commute More Drug Sentences


Wall Street Journal (by Andrew Grossman)—The Obama administration is moving toward commuting sentences for more nonviolent drug offenders serving long prison terms, in an effort to reduce racial disparities in criminal sentencing and tame the growing federal prison budget. The decision opens the door for thousands of offenders to apply to get out of jail [...]

President Obama Endorses Mayor Mitch Landrieu for Re-election


New Orleans, LA – President Barack Obama recently endorsed Mayor Mitch Landrieu for reelection, applauding his efforts uniting New Orleans and progress moving the city forward. President Obama said, “New Orleans has always been a city of bold, resilient forward-looking people who believe in a brighter future and are committed to doing their part to [...]

Black Women’s Roundtable and Allies Condemn Senate Republicans for Extending War on Women to Judicial Nominations

President Obama announcing the nominations of Patricia Millett and Nina Pillard, along with Robert Wilkins, on June 4, 2013 (Wikimedia Commons)

Washington, D.C. — Black Women’s Roundtable , The National Organization for Women (NOW) and the Feminist Majority today deplored the Senate Republican leadership extending the War on Women to judicial nominations. On a conference call with reporters, Melanie Campbell, president of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable, [...]

NCBCP Spirit of Democracy Awards Celebrates History and Honors Leaders Keeping the Movement Going Forward


Washington, DC – As the National Coalition On Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) celebrated significant moments in civil rights history and honored extraordinary servant-leaders who keep the movement moving at their 16th annual Spirit of Democracy Awards Gala, four members of Congress attended to congratulate the honorees and underscore the ongoing struggle for justice and equality. [...]

Black Women’s Roundtable Statement on the Passing of Civil Rights Leader Dr. Evelyn Gibson Lowery


Atlanta, GA – Members of Black Women’s Roundtable issued the following statement on the passing of beloved civil rights leader Dr. Evelyn Gibson Lowery founder of SCLC/Women’s Organizational Movement for Equality Now, Inc.: Melanie L. Campbell, Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable and President & CEO, NCBCP “Our hearts are heavy in learning of the passing of [...]

@BlackYouthVote ! to Host Multicultural Training and Organizing Conference During March on Washington Week of Activities

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Washington, DC – Black Youth Vote! (BYV!), the young adult initiative of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (The National Coalition), will host their 10th Annual Black Youth Vote! Civic Leadership and Organizing Training Conference as part of the official 50th Anniversary March on Washington Week of Events surrounding the 2013 March on Washington. [...]

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation President Calls Supreme Court Ruling in Shelby County v. Holder “Travesty to Justice”

Melanie L. Campbell speaking during a Black Women's Roundtable briefing at The White House

Washington, DC – In response to today’s Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of Black Women’s Roundtable said, “Today’s decision by the U. S. Supreme Court to invalidate Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is a [...]

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