POWER RISING is an intergenerational power force of Black women from various sectors. We are business women, politicians, union members, authors. We are cis and transgender, we are LGBTQ, we are mothers, aunties and we are immigrants. We are from various backgrounds and share different views, we are Black women—power speaking truth. We are Power Rising.
At critical moments in history, Black women have always found a way to come together, deﬁne a new path forward, and make an impact in ways that change the world. However, not since the Combahee RiverCollective statement was written 40 years ago have we assembled with the purpose of crafting an agenda explicitly for Black women that recognizes our unique needs.
Black women are making strides in every sector, from policy to politics, from the classroom to
the boardroom, in front of the camera and behind the scenes. And yet, there is more to do to ensure equity, opportunity, and representation for ourselves and our communities.
It is in the tradition of the women who have gone before us – our grandmothers, mothers, sisters, and aunties – and in the interest of those who will follow our path – our daughters, our sisters, and our nieces — that we come together again. This pivotal and urgent moment of political and social unrest calls us forward to unite Black women across ethnicity, religion, sexuality, age, political afﬁliation, socioeconomic status, and gender experience.
The Power Rising Summit will provide a space for Black women to turn power into action and create an actionable agenda to be implemented in their communities and nationally that leverages our social, political, professional, cultural and economic power and inﬂuence for the betterment of ourselves, our communities and our country.
The Summit will be organized around ﬁve key pillars of activism and engagement: Business & Economic Empowerment; Culture, Community, and Society; Education, Technology, and Innovation; Health & Wellness; and Political Empowerment.
We gather for ourselves, for our families, for our communities, and for our future, and we commit, to once again, put in the work necessary to create change now and for generations to come.