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

Washington, DC – 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 and will include three sessions:

Segment 1:        The Past Telling HerStory: An Intergenerational & Multi-Ethnic Conversation

A delegation of women leaders and participants in the 1963 March on Washington and the 60’s Civil Rights Movement will share how they fought and overcame gender discrimination sharing insight 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 among leaders to examine/explore unfinished business of the civil rights, women’s rights and social justice movements.  Women leaders will share recommended  public policy solutions and strategies to address current issues impacting women and girls.

Segment 3:        The Future Visioning Conversation: What Women’s Equality Will Look Like in    2063

In small groups the women will prioritize issues and discuss organizing strategies to address key policy priorities impacting women, girls and families. Outcomes will be captured in a brief document.

In attendance will be Myrlie Evers-Williams

In attendance will be Myrlie Evers-Williams


Black Women’s Roundtable, the women’s initiative of NCBCP.

Invited speakers:

Melanie Campbell, President & CEO, NCBCP & Convener, BWR

Tamika Mallory, National Executive Director, NAN

Joy-Ann Reid, Managing Editor, The & MSNBC Contributor

Clayola Brown, President, APRI [attended 1963 MOW]

Hazel Dukes –  President, NAACP New York State Conference [Hazel Dukes attended 1963 MOW with NAACP]

Dr. Thelma Daley, Chair, Women in the NAACPmarched in 1963]

Marian Wright Edelman President, Children’s Defense Fund[attended 1963 MOW, member of SNCC]

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

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, Author, Speaker, Radio Host & Social Entrepreneur

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 

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes

Congresswoman Donna Edwards

Congressman John Lewis


Women Leaders of The Movement:  Past, Present and Future, Dialogue & Luncheon as part of the official 50th Anniversary March on Washington Week of Activities


DATE: August 22, 2013                   TIME: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm


Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

400 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC

For more information:


Edrea Davis –

Phone: 770.961.6200/818.613.9521

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