Black Women's Roundtable Kicks-Off 50th Anniversary March on Washington Week of Activities Bringing Diverse Women Together to Celebrate Women's Accomplishments and Craft a Unified Agenda

Aug 19, 2013, 13:26 ET from Black Women's Roundtable

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Women played an integral role in the 1963 March on Washington and the civil rights movement overall, however, their story is rarely told. Black Women's Roundtable (BWR), an initiative of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), will bring leaders together to discuss the contribution women have made – past and present – to the civil rights movement and to begin to craft a multi-ethnic women's public policy agenda. Hosted as part of the official 50th Anniversary March on Washington Week of Activities, the women's gathering is focused on the march themes of  jobs, freedom, peace and social justice, and will be held Thursday Aug. 22, 2013, 10:00 am - 1:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. The discussion will be presented in three segments:

Segment 1:  The Past Telling HerStory
A delegation of women leaders and participants in the 1963 March on Washington and the 60's Civil Rights Movement will discuss how they fought and overcame gender discrimination with women leaders of The Movement today. 

Segment 2:  The Present: The Unfinished Business for Women's Rights 50 Years Later 
An intergenerational & multi-ethnic discussion to examine unfinished business of the civil rights, women's rights and social justice movements. 

Segment 3:  The Future Visioning Conversation: What Women's Equality Will Look Like in 2063
The women will discuss organizing strategies to address key policy priorities impacting women and families. Outcomes will be captured in a brief document.

Black Women's Roundtable, the women's initiative of NCBCP
Melanie Campbell, President & CEO, NCBCP & Convener, BWR
Tamika Mallory, National Executive Director, NAN
Clayola Brown, President, APRI
Rev. Bernice King, CEO, The King Center
Dr. Thelma Daley, Chair, Women in the NAACP (marched in 1963)
Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children's Defense (invited)
Christine Chen, President, Asian Pacific Islander Vote
Ingrid Saunders-Jones, Chair, National Council of Negro Women
Felicia Davis, Director, Building Green, Clark-Atlanta University
Jessica Gonzales-Rojas, Executive Director National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and co-chair of the National Coalition on Immigrant Women's Rights
Denise Fairchild, President, Emerald Cities
Joy-Ann Reid, & MSNBC Contributor 
Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, Author, Speaker, Radio Host
Terry O'Neill, President, NOW
Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D, President, YWCA USA
Ellie Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation
Makani Themba, Executive Director, The Praxis Project
Karen Sees, President, Coalition of Labor Union Women
Myrlie Evers-Williams, Chair Emeritus, NAACP 
Beverly Alston, attended 1963 MOW
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes at 1963 MOW (invited)
Congresswoman Donna Edwards (invited)
Congressman John Lewis (invited)

Women Leaders of The Movement: Past, Present and Future, Dialogue & Luncheon

DATE: August 22, 2013                    TIME: 10:00 am1:30 pm

Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC

Media is invited to attend. Please RSVP to Edrea Davis, 770.961.6200.

SOURCE Black Women's Roundtable