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Black Women’s Roundtable Celebration of Women Leaders in the Movement

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On August 22, ECC attended the Black Women’s Roundtable that kicked-off the 50th Anniversary March on Washington. The discussion and luncheon celebrated accomplishments and addressed issues that impact our women and families today. The discussion was led by a diverse panel of visionaries, leaders, and living legends, including Rev., Bernice King (The King Center & Dr. King’s daughter), Dr. Thelma Daley (Women in the NAACP), Ingrid Saunders-Jones (National Council of Negro Women), Tamika Mallory (NAN), Myrlie Evers-Williams (NAACP & Medgar Evers widow), our very own Denise Fairchild. They discussed the role they played in the 1963 March on Washington and their contribution to the civil rights movement in three segments: The Past: Telling Her Story, The Present: The Unfinished Business for Women’s Rights 50 Years Later, and The Future: What Women’s Equality Will Look Like in 2063. Every table was filled with women [and men] of different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Many stories were told by and for women who laid the groundwork and shaped the movement; they fought for jobs, freedom, and social equality and overcame discrimination and racial injustices. They discussed the importance of being leaders in our own communities and to think and organize around social equity, economic growth, sustainable environments, and access to food and health care. Like an Olympic torch being handed down, the luncheon was a reminder that the movement still lives. “We must seize this moment, the dawning of a new day, the emergence of a new generation. We are postured to change the world through collaborative power,” said Rev. Bernice King.

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