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Real Housewives of Atlanta Star Porsha Williams to Headline Birmingham City Councilor Sheila Tyson’s 3rd Installment of the National Initiative Known

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                   Friday, August 7, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

BIRMINGHAM, AL – As the national debate continues over income inequality and healthcare injustice, Birmingham City Councilor Sheila Tyson is bringing a national initiative to Birmingham to begin discussion surrounding action steps on how to address the issues. As a part of the third local installment of the Black Women’s Roundtable Councilor Tyson will host a day of seminars today that will include  a panel of progressive women such as Congresswoman Terri Sewell, Birmingham School Superintendent Kelley Castlin-Gacutan, and Real Housewives Atlanta Star Porsha Williams. Panelists will open the seminar with a group discussion surrounding topics that women face, and then break into small group sessions to discuss ways that they can tackle those issues. The event will take place at Parker High School.

“I am beyond excited to bring together so many positive women role models to discuss the issues that are prevalent in our communities,” Councilor Tyson said. “We’ve had an enormous amount of success with our previous seminars, and I’m looking forward to the dialogue that will come out of our latest efforts. There is a lot of work to be done, and we’re going to continue pushing for social justice across the board.”

Earlier this year, the BWR released its second annual report, Black Women in the U.S., 2015 (2015 BWR Report), which showed that Black women have had the hardest time recovering from the 2007 Great Recession. Although the nation’s unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent—the lowest in seven years—the jobless rate among Black women rose to 8.9 percent, the highest percentage among any female demographic within the country. Even those, with a college education were not immune. The 2015 BWR Report also showed that a Black woman who earns a Bachelor’s degree on average makes $49,882, nearly $10,000 less than a White man who holds an Associate’s degree.

“The BWR Tour will build on our current work to address systemic, structural and cultural barriers faced by Black women in achieving economic security and prosperity,” said Melanie Campbell, President & CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. “The BWR Project is focused on investing in Black women and girls to elevate their ability to live healthier, wealthier and wise lives.”

About the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR)

The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) serves as the women and girls empowerment arm of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. BWR promotes health and wellness, economic security and prosperity, quality public education and global empowerment. BWR is at the forefront of championing just and equitable public policies on behalf of Black women and girls. BWR established its Intergenerational National 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. For more information on the Black Women’s Roundtable go to

For more information, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at (205) 721-5369 or