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Councilor Sheila Tyson Helps Send Birmingham City Schools’ Students to Washington D.C. for Black Women’s Roundtable National Summit

It’s not often that city leaders have the opportunity to expose students to a different realm of leadership on Capital Hill, but when they do, many reap countless benefits. As part of her quest to educate and empower citizens, especially young women, Councilor Sheila Tyson enlisted sponsorship for twelve female students from Parker and Wenonah High Schools and invited them to participate in a trip to Washington D.C. for the Sixth Annual Black Women’s Roundtable National Summit. During the series of seminars, students will learn the importance of entrepreneurship, issues of economic security and prosperity, income inequality and much more.

Councilor Tyson said, “This is a perfect and productive way for students to enjoy spring break, as well as rise to the next level in education and community service. I want these young ladies to understand the importance of civic engagement and how their voices and acts of service to the community play a large part in helping combat issues in our communities helping to secure a strong future. These ladies are on fire and ready to learn all they can. The best way to be involved is to get an early start with forums like the Black Women’s Roundtable, I’m proud of each of them for choosing to accept this opportunity during their spring break.”

About The Black Women’s Roundtable

The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) is an intergenerational civic engagement network of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. At the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women. BWR promotes their health and wellness, economic security, education and global empowerment as key elements for success. BWR comprises a diverse group of Black women who are civic leaders of international, national, regional, and state-based organization and institutions. Together, the BWR membership represents the issues and concerns of millions of Americans and families who live across the United States and around the world. BWR seeks to bring together women representing diverse views and interests relative to the Black community around the theme of women’s advancement with a particular focus on motivating Black women to engage in all levels of civil society.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry ( in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.