Women & Culture
This panel explores the strategies that African American women are using to mobilize their communities and how their work is changing the face of government and our overall political landscape. In 2017, 98% of black women who voted in Alabama's special election for the U.S. Senate made history by electing Alabama's first Democratic senator in 20 years. Their political engagement and victory in Alabama not only highlighted the enormous political power of the black female vote but inspired black women nationwide to mobilize their communities, engage in their democracy, and even run for office in record-breaking numbers in 2018. Building on the success of Alabama’s 98%, this panel will feature black women activists, lawmakers, candidates and thought-leaders as we discuss black women political empowerment and strategies for effectively organizing, voting and winning in the 2018 mid-term elections.