On June 6, 2018, more than 300 phenomenal Black women answered the call for Unity and gathered on the steps of the Tennessee State Capitol to send a message: “Our votes will not be denied, overlooked, or taken for granted!” Over the past several months, as a part of the hyper-local grassroots, grasstops, and coalition-building work of The Equity Alliance, these women had several conversations about what they bring to the table when it comes to leadership, politics, business, our relationships, and their families. One thing holds true: they are magical.
From Black Lives Matter to #MeToo, black women are at the forefront of progressive movements today. How magnificent would it be if Black women from all walks of life united to ensure black voters registered to vote and turned out in large numbers for the August 2nd and November 6th midterm elections? Black Women for Tennessee is a statewide nonpartisan effort to unite all the black-women-led and women-led organizations to celebrate their #BlackGirlMagic and across the state to register voters, inform voters, and get voters to the polls for the November midterm election.
Tennessee is facing has dismal voter registration and turnout rates, ranking 50th in voter turnout, 40th in voter registration and 43rd in black voter turnout. In Davidson County, black and brown residents – especially those who live in North Nashville and Antioch – live in precincts with the lowest turnout.
Democracy works best when everyone participates and they know their best approach is organizing the community they can relate to and most effectively reach, which is black women. Their mission is laser-focused on ensuring communities of color have access to the ballot box. As a voting bloc that consistently votes in large numbers, they strongly believe that Black women can and will make a collective impact in Tennessee on Election Day.
Black Women for Tennessee is about unity, bridging generational gaps between old and new energetic leadership, and collectively using their power for elevation. This is about positivity and sending a message that they are more than what the television and magazines say they are. This is about restoration, redemption, and healing, celebrating and paying homage and respect, putting their individual agendas aside and coming together for collective impact, showing Tennessee that black women can lead.
Join them for their kickoff event – the inaugural Black Women’s Empowerment Brunch on Saturday, July 14, at City Winery from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, featuring Keynote Speaker, Dr. Shanna Jackson, President of Nashville State Community College, with Mistress of Ceremonies, Yolonda “Yolo Bee” Beech, 92Q Radio Show Host, and a Spoken Word Performance by Linda Smedley, also Special Guest, Rep. Raumesh Akbari, TN House of Representatives, District 91 (Memphis) and Musical Entertainment by Marcus J & Band. Tickets are $35 Young Professional | $75 Single Tickets | $750 Table Sponsorship. Call or text (615) 420-7545 for ticket info; and/or go to The Equity Alliance official website for the Eventbrite ticket link; or the “Black Women for Tennessee” Facebook page to join.
The Equity Alliance proactively advocates for African Americans and other communities of color to have a fair and just opportunity at realizing the American dream. They are a Nashville-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that seeks to equip citizens with tools and strategies to engage in the civic process and empower them to take action on issues affecting their daily lives. Their mailing address is The Equity Alliance, P.O. Box 331821, Nashville, TN 37203. It’s time for Tennessee to #BetOnBlackWomen.