Photo of: Melanie L. Campbell
The slayings of Trayvon Martin and other innocent teens were foremost on the hearts and minds of nearly 400 Black women from across the country that assembled recently in Washington, D.C. for the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) inaugural National Women of Power Summit, three days of down-to-earth discussions “Amplifying the Voices of Women and Girls in 2012 and Beyond.”
“It is important for the world to hear the voices of Black women from all walks of life on the Trayvon Martin issue and other issues that impact our community,” said Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (The National Coalition) and convener of BWR. “We are mothers, sisters, aunts and wives of Black men being gunned down on the streets. Enough is Enough. Our voice will be heard today and on Election Day.”
To help amplify the voices of the physicians, lawyers, homemakers, labor workers and other attendees, the summit was broadcast live on the Internet (view at: http://tinyurl.com/744254g).
Also, during a town hall and rally were held calling for the arrest of Trayvon’s killer.. Emotions were high as several BWR members were just arriving from protests on Trayvon’s behalf in Sanford, Florida. Watch the video at (http://tinyurl.com/83ajt6v).
During her opening remarks for the BWR Mentor/Protégé Luncheon and BWR Leadership Awards, Susan L. Taylor, founder and of CEO of National CARES Mentoring Movement said,, “The village is on fire and we are the healing waters that our children are screaming for. We don’t have to do what Sojourner truth did… what Harriet Tubman, Mary McCloud Bethune or even Dorothy Height did. We just have to think critically, have an agenda and stand behind it. Number one is voting rights.”