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Councilor Sheila Tyson is taking sixteen students to the 7th Annual Black Women’s Roundtable from March 14-18 to Washington D.C.

PRESS RELEASE                                                                          Monday March 12, 2018

Contact: Chiara Perry

Phone: 205-383-8432


BIRMINGHAM, AL— As the convener for the Alabama Black Women Roundtable, Councilor Sheila Tyson is excited to continue her quest to enrich the lives of young women through civic education. On Wednesday, March 14th Councilor Sheila Tyson will bring sixteen young ladies representing the Student Government Association from Parker and Wenonah High Schools to participate in five days of symposiums at the Seventh Annual Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) Summit in Washington D.C., where they will learn the importance of entrepreneurship, issues of economic security and prosperity, income inequality and how they can contribute to solutions through civic engagement. Students will launch into their first day of enrichment on Capitol Hill with Councilor Tyson as they join several members of Congress, and national community leaders from across the nation to voice their concerns on federal matters concerning their communities. Students will also meet with state representatives to discuss action steps to resolving issues in their communities and learn more on what policies and proposed funding is in place to address each of them.

Several of the teens attended last year’s summit and this year more were added to the trip. Councilor Tyson expressed the importance of building and organizing young women to learn the true power of their voices as forces of change.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be a part of this movement and travel with our young ladies to Capitol Hill and stand strong on issues within our communities,” Councilor Tyson said. “It is a privilege to teach them the many fundamentals of civic engagement and help them realize the power they hold with making changes not only in our communities, but our nation as a whole.”

About the Black Women’s Roundtable National Summit

The BWR National Summit began over seven years ago with only a few women collaborating in Washington D.C. to advance issues of importance to African- American families and the communities they serve. Since then, the highly anticipated symposium has blossomed into nearly 300 women and girls who faithfully descend upon our Nation’s Capital prepared to sustain, overcome and take action against the challenges concerning health and humanity, education, politics and perspectives, entrepreneurship and technology and change agents.

For additional information please contact Emily Ingram in the Office of Councilor Sheila Tyson at 205.254.2359. For media inquiries please contact Birmingham City Council Interim Director of Public Information Chiara Perry at 205.383.8432.