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White House African-American Women’s Forum

The White House South Court Auditorium was filled to capacity on July 29, 2012 when African-American women came together for a powerful forum. Every women’s organization that one can possibly recognize was part of the discussion hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement and Council on Women and Girls both led by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama.

Sororities, religious organizations, non-profits, business owners, media personalities, and even celebrities were in attendance. Topics included education, economic mobility, entrepreneurship, health and the question on everyone’s mind these days how do we find our purpose and keep our balance.

Panels focused on the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect African-American women. The Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, discussed the importance of prevention for women and emphasized this point by leading the group in an exercise activity. Check out God’s Minute with the Surgeon General. Jocelyn Frye, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady, shared details on projects Mrs. Obama is working on. Deputy Administrator Marie Johns led a panel on the economy and education. Gene Sperling, Assistant to the President and Director of the National Economic Council, shared information on the economic status of African-American Women in the United States and shared his plan to make beneficial changes. Valerie Jarrett gave a heart-felt message on the strides that African-American women have made, and hopes for the future.

Having an African-American Women’s Forum would not have been complete without a surprise visit from First Lady Michelle Obama herself! Yes! Just when we thought the day was complete, she graced us with her presence.  With her amazing ability to connect, Mrs. Obama’s words focused on our roles as “Mother, Sister, Daughter, Leader,” which had most of us near tears. Even though I’d met Mrs. Obama at the Mother’s Day Tea, it never gets old sharing the same space with such an elegant women.

Another huge highlight for me was meeting and chatting with Karen Clark Sheard and Dorinda Clark Cole of the legendary Clark Sisters. whom I have studied vocally since I was a teen. Worship Leader, Judith McAllister was also in attendance.

I left feeling extremely empowered, and knowing that anything is possible!

What empowers you?

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12 Responses

  1. As a former lobbyist, I sincerely hope that these meetings actually create CHANGE for women. I am glad that the president is creating a dialogue and that are awesome first lady champions women’s rights!

  2. Rosey

    It sounds like a very awesome day for you and everyone else who was in attendance. I read about the tea too, and that seemed fantastic too (and the place setting was really gorgeous too!). It’s wonderful to read about what a good time you had.

  3. What a great experience for you! Michelle really does have a way of making women feel empowered and giving us the confidence to do whatever it is we hope to do in life!

  4. This is a wonderful experience, looks like you had a great time! Love that we can get woman together for issues such as these! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Amazing. I went to DC recently and the city was amazing. How lucky to be at the White House for events like that. I agree with Jacque, I am glad to see the events and I do hope that they create change. 🙂

  6. What an amazing experience. I have never been to Washington, but my daughter will be going on a school trip next spring. She will get to tour The White House as well. That would be amazing for her to witness many women coming together to have their voices heard. I hope she is able to see something like that while she is there!

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