The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) serves as the The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) intergenerational leadership development, mentoring, empowerment and power building arm for Black women and girls. The BWR is at the forefront of championing just and equitable public policies that center racial, economic and gender justice to promote health and wellness, economic security & prosperity, education and global empowerment as key elements of success.
BWR established its Intergenerational National Policy Network in 2008, which is comprised of a diverse group of Black women civic leaders and change agents representing state-based regional, national and organizations and institutions. Together the BWR membership represents the issues and concerns of millions of Black people who live across the United States and around the world.
The BWR Intergenerational National Public Policy Network conducted three key research projects over the past 18 months to guide BWR in developing effective strategies and programmatic models for its short and long-term public policy, organizing and empowerment work. These projects included the following: 1) NCBCP Post- Election Survey, conducted in November 2018; 2) 6th Annual BWR Report, “Black Women in the United States, 2019,” released in March 2019; and 3) BWR/ESSENCE Power of the Sister Vote Poll: What Black Women Want From the Next President, released in September 2019. These research projects confirmed key racial and gender justice policy priorities that are of greatest importance to Black women, including: family-supporting wages, affordable health care, quality public education, college affordability, paid family and sick leave, reproductive justice, criminal justice and voting rights. These issues will serve as a road map for BWR’s civic engagement, public policy, coalition-building and organizing work through its Healthy, Wealthy & Wise empowerment programs and initiatives and Power of the Sister Vote campaigns from 2018 to 2020.