The Power Rising Summit took over Atlanta this past weekend with black women from all over the country coming to engage. The summit, planned for and by black women, was sold out and packed with celebrities, politicians and activists in attendance. The four-day event drew upwards of 1,000 attendees with the goal of "helping African-American women leverage their political, economic and social power in order to move themselves, their communities and the nation forward," according to NBC.
"Black women own more than 1.5 million businesses. We are the largest users of social media and we know that we are cultural influencers,” said co-convener the Rev. Leah Daughtry. “The summit will bring together black women from across the country and all different walks of life. It will focus on our political prowess, our economic power and our cultural influence.”— Women & Girls Too (@HerComms) February 24, 2018
"Support 5 Black women candidates. Register 5 Black women to vote. Mentor & Learn from 5 Black women. Reserve 5 hours for Health & Wellness each week. Spend money in 5 Black business," Star Jones wrote.
Our @PowerRising18 agenda: #Put5OnIt: Support 5 Black women candidates. Register 5 Black women to vote. Mentor & Learn from 5 Black women. Reserve 5 hours for Health & Wellness each week. Spend money in 5 Black business. #IAmPowerRising #IGot5OnIt #PowerRising— Star Jones (@StarJonesEsq) February 24, 2018
.@Angela_Rye gave a riveting speech this afternoon, in which she challenged us to move past our egos and do the work to get the job done, not to get the glory. #PowerRising #IAmPowerRising pic.twitter.com/xxKFsicW9m— PowerRising (@PowerRising18) February 25, 2018
Among the well-known names participating in the summit were Angela Rye, Cicely Tyson, Chirlane McCray, Luvvie Ajayi, Beverly Bond of Black Girls Rock and political strategist Symone Sanders, plus many more.
We asked 10-year-old, Alanna, a tiny and mighty #PowerRising attendee, what will she tell her peers after experiencing #PowerRising18! Here’s what she shared. #IAmPowerRising pic.twitter.com/49TDTGE13h— PowerRising (@PowerRising18) February 25, 2018
The Women in Tech panel with Lisa Jackson and Star Jones was fantastic. They touched on automation, climate change and their impacts on the global Black collective. These issues are near and dear to my heart and the impact on us could be catastrophic.— Bougie Black Girl (@BougieBlackGurl) February 24, 2018
#PowerRising18 #powerrising pic.twitter.com/8TUkhessKx
There were discussions happening for black women across professions, religion and sexual orientation. Regardless of any of those factors, what was being realized is the power that black women possess economically, politically and socially. We have the power to invoke change.
“As Alabama showed, we are a force and we come with receipts," Aimee Allison, president of Democracy in Color said noting her excitement about the prospects of Black women strategizing “how to come fully” into leadership roles. "Back our leaders, elevate our issues, and put our voting strength in the center of a multiracial coalition that can take back our country. Ignore us and risk alienating the very voters needed to win."
The summit was filled with amazing moments and even more amazing women. Check out a few below.
We had an amazing time with the @SpelmanCollege Women’s Research & Resource Center yesterday at our “lunch & learn,” held in tandem with #PowerRising. So proud to partner with this incredible institution for a robust dialogue about Black women’s power! ✊🏾✊🏿✊🏽 #PowerRising18 pic.twitter.com/lxttDT2ABS— YWCA USA (@YWCAUSA) February 24, 2018