The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) is the women and girls empowerment arm of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP). The BWR promotes health and wellness, economic security and prosperity, quality public education and global empowerment. BWR established its Intergenerational Policy Network in 2008, which is comprised of a diverse group of Black women civic leaders representing international, national, regional, and state-based 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 Public Policy Network conducted three key research projects over the past 12 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 2014; 2) Second Annual BWR Report, “Black Women in the United States, 2015,” released in March 2015; and BWR/ESSENCE Power of the Sister Vote Poll: What Black Women Want From the Next President, released in September 2015. 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 2016 to 2020.