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Black Women’s Roundtable Releases Its Fifth Annual Report

4/11/2018, noon | Updated on 4/11/2018, noon

Black Women’s Roundtable Releases Its Fifth Annual Report

On Wednesday, March 28th, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) closed out Women’s History Month and Black Women’s Week, by hosting a tele-briefing to release its Fifth Annual Black Women in the U.S. Report, which assesses the challenges, triumphs and overall contemporary condition of Black women in the United States in 2018.

This year’s report is entitled “Time for a Power Shift” and takes an in-depth look at the issue of power and exactly where Black women fall socially, politically, economically, spiritually and health-wise.

Key findings from this year’s report include:

• Black Women Shifting Their Power

• When It Comes to Politics, the Power of Black Women is on the Rise

• Electoral Successes Prove Black Women Can Win Anywhere

• In 2018, Black Women Can Make Political History

• Despite Gains, Black Women are Not Without Political Challenges

• The Power of Black Women’s Leadership is Significantly Curtailed in the Corporate World

• Black Women Are Especially Vulnerable Within the Criminal Justice System

• Black Women Immigrants and Their Families Have Been Uniquely Targeted in the Trump Era

• The Power of Black Women’s Push for Social Justice Remains

• Black Women Are Still the Foundation of Black Family Financial Power

• Entrepreneurship Is Seen as the Conduit to Greater Economic Power for Black Women

• Black Women Venture Capitalists Flex Their Economic Power to Help Close the Venture Capital Funding Gap

• Black Women Still Lack the Power to Live Free from Violence, Health Challenges and in Full Autonomy of Their Own Bodies

• Black Women Lean on Spiritual Power to Make Magic Happen Melanie L. Campbell, President/CEO of the NCBCP and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable, states, “The annual BWR Report provides the NCBCP and Black Women’s Roundtable with a vehicle to actualize our commitment to ensuring Black women and girls’ voices and stories are elevated in the public sphere. This year, the report is laser focused on showcasing Black women’s intergenerational and diverse leadership, expertise and unique perspectives on the issue of building and sustaining power to achieve a higher quality of life for Black women, our families and communities.”

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, the BWR Report’s editor-in-chief, shares, “We find ourselves at a very precarious moment in our nation’s history, and Black women understand what’s at stake. They’ve stepped up in bold and tangible ways to not only be the drivers of change but to wield the levers of power themselves like never before.”