Power Rising: Building an Agenda for Black Women, Announces Partial List of Summit Speakers

Initial List Includes Legendary Actress Cicely Tyson and Stellar Array of Authors, Activists, and Elected Leaders.

Press Release - updated: Feb 12, 2018 16:00 EST

WASHINGTON, February 12, 2018 - Today, Power Rising, a national summit for Black women announced a partial list of speakers who will participate in the historic event in Atlanta, February 22-25, 2018, at the Westin Peachtree Plaza.

Power Rising: Building an Agenda for Black Women will provide a space for Black women and girls from all 50 states and the District of Columbia to come together and leverage collective wisdom and experience and turn power into action. Participants in the summit will help create an agenda to be implemented in their communities and nationally that leverages social, political, professional, cultural and economic power. More than thirty high profile and front-line activists, political operatives, businesswomen, and organizational leaders representing the broad diversity of Black womanhood, have banded together to organize this historic Summit.

The summit is organized around five key pillars of activism and engagement: Business & Economic Empowerment; Culture & Community; Education, Technology, and Innovation; Health & Wellness; and Political Empowerment.

The following is a partial list of confirmed speakers:

Honorable Stacey Abrams, former Georgia House Minority Leader

US Rep. Alma Adams (NC-12)

Luvvie Ajayi, Author

US Rep. Joyce Beatty (OH-03)

Rev. Traci Blackmon, United Church of Christ

Beverly Bond, Black Girls Rock

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta

Veronica Chambers, Author

US Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09)

US Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12)

Dr. Brittney Cooper, Professor, Author.

Tiffany Dufu, Author

US Rep. Marcia Fudge (OH-11)

US Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)

US Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)

Star Jones, Attorney

US Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-02)

US Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14)

US Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-4)

US Rep. Stacey Plaskett (U.S. Virgin Islands at-large)

US Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE at-large)

Symone Sanders, Political Strategist

Amanda Seales, Actress

Cicely Tyson, Actress

US Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL-24)

Media Contact:
Emma Christman, [email protected]

MEDIA NOTE: Members of the media who wish to cover the event must submit full name and media organization to [email protected] no later than Friday, Feb.16.  You will be contacted to confirm your credential which can be picked up on Feb. 22, location and time TBD.

Source: Power Rising 2018

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