From the early days of the Civil Rights movement, African American women have worked and served in numerous and influential leadership roles. What are their experiences and what changes have taken place in their opportunities, expectations, responsibilities, and obstacles? A panel discusses their personal journeys and the advice they would offer to young women in the struggle for equality. Moderated by Melissa V. Harris-Perry, host on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, and author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America, panelists include Joyce Ladner, sociologist and civil rights activist; Avis Jones De-Weever, former executive director, National Council of Negro Women; Janai Nelson, associate director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; and Charlene A. Carruthers, national director, Black Youth Project 100.
Presented in partnership with the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This program is generously supported by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc.
Racial justice advocates talked about issues important to the black community. Fifty organizations, including the Black Lives Matter network and the Black Youth Project joined forces to support a common agenda of racial justice. The event coincides with the release of " A Vision for Black Lives" report outlining 40 policy recommendations ranging from police accountability for the shooting and killing of unarmed minorities to comprehensive demands plans to improved education in economically deprived communities.