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

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                 Thursday March 30, 2017

Contact: Chiara E. Perry

Phone: 205-908.7392

chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL –National Women’s History Month is almost over, and Councilor Sheila Tyson wants to make sure all women make their mark. Today through Sunday, Councilor Tyson along with twelve female students from Parker and Wenonah High Schools began their journey during a trip to Washington D.C. for the Sixth Annual Black Women’s Roundtable, where they were introduced to one of the many facets of civic engagement, and a press conference advocating for a fair balanced budget for all citizens. This press conference took place on the House Triangle on Capitol Hill where hundreds of women from all over the nation rallied to have their voices heard.

Councilor Tyson said this trip is a critical learning tool that will help our youth step into their roles as leaders in the community, as they realize the true power of their voices being heard. “Our students leaders, especially females, need to understand the strength of black women in the larger picture of our nation’s history and culture and how we affect change, especially through organized efforts like the press conference on Federal Budget Cuts,” Councilor Tyson said. “National Women’s History Month was the ideal time for us to connect with other leaders at the Black Women’s Roundtable National Summit to help students channel their thoughts and ideas on how we can build our communities and champion for equal opportunities on all sectors.”

WHO: Birmingham City Councilor Sheila Tyson

WHAT: Sixth Annual Black Women’s Roundtable National Summit

WHEN: Thursday March 30, 2017 – Sunday April 2, 2017

WHERE: Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

WHY: To educate students on promoting change through collaborative workshops on civic engagement as well as help them use their powerful voices to build our communities and champion for equal opportunities on all sectors

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 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 with 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.

For more information please contact Chiara Perry, Public Information Officer for the Birmingham City Council at (205) 908.7392.