At inaugural Power Rising summit, black women celebrate wins, strategize for upcoming battles

More than 1,000 black women from all 50 U.S. states gathered in Atlanta February 22 through 25 to learn from each other, inspire one another, and develop strategies to galvanize black women as drivers of positive change.

The sold-out event, Power Rising, held its first gathering this year to help black women access and tap into economic, political and social power to elevate themselves—as well as one another, their local communities, and the nation—and to raise their voices. The gathering, planned by and for black women, highlighted businesswomen as well as the political and social power and influence black women hold. Read more and click through for the full article from the Washington Post, and check out Power Rising online for more information.

ATLANTA — Between pastoring a small church, teaching college classes, volunteering with an anti-violence group and running for Congress, Stephany Spaulding didn’t think she had the time to go off to a women’s empowerment summit.

After spending two days with hundreds of black women juggling similarly busy and civically engaged lives, Spaulding can’t imagine not having attended Power Rising, a conference aimed at connecting African American women to share ideas and strategies for improving their communities.

More than 1,000 women attended the three-day event at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, where big-name speakers and grass-roots activists shared wisdom, laughter and even a few dance moves in joyous affirmation of one another.

Spaulding, 39, who lives in Colorado Springs, praised “the energy, the strength, the power and the direction of women that I’ve been able to connect with” by attending the conference. “Even if our paths to getting where we’re going are different, I believe we are all going to the same place. We want justice and love and liberation for everyone.”

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