Power Rising 2019
Power Rising, a national summit that’s been planned by, and for black women will convene in New Orleans February 22-24. The event will bring together Black women across ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation, socioeconomic status, and gender experience. Featured speakers include Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and former Georgia Minority Leader and Founder, and Chair of Fair Fight Action Stacey Abrams. Also featured will be speakers across various industries including author, educator, and commentator, Melissa Harris-Perry; Congresswoman Karen Bass; Beverly E. Smith, president, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Linda Goler Blount, MPH, president & CEO of Black Women’s Health Imperative; and Reverend Traci Blackmon, the executive minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries, United Church of Christ.
Over the course of the weekend, Black women and girls will take part in over 50 workshops and panel discussions bolstered by Power Rising’s five pillars of activism and engagement: Culture, Community and Society; Business and Economic Empowerment; Education, Technology, and Innovation; Health & Wellness; and Political Empowerment. The Summit will also include timely and necessary conversations around #MeToo and sexual assault of Black women and girls.
SMA will participate with 25 girls in attendance. Black women representing 35 states including Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington state, and West Virginia will be in attendance.