CBCF Sojourner Truth Legacy Project Virtual Program 2021

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Welcome Welcome to the inaugural virtual Sojourner Truth Legacy Project Program, Celebrating the Rise in Black Women’s Political Leadership. Every day, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation displays our unwavering commitment to increasing diversity, equity and inclusion on Capitol Hill and in other policymaking offices. This year, the Sojourner Truth Legacy Project Virtual Program is dedicated to honoring the accomplishments of Black women over the past year. Whether fighting to ensure equity on Capitol Hill, mobilizing our community to vote, working to provide proper personal protective equipment—or combating against systemic discriminations that have long marginalized our community, Black women continue to serve as change agents to secure a more equitable nation for the next generation of leaders. This Sojourner Truth Legacy Project virtual project will highlight the amazing work of Black women around the country who have dedicated their careers to eliminating systemic barriers and ensuring equity for all. We recognize the crucial role our nation’s most influential and trusted voices play--the Black women we honor today—in advancing the important conversations and decisions in American politics. Thank you for participating. I encourage you to stay engaged as the CBCF continues to provide opportunities to uplift and advance Black women today—and always. Sincerely,

Tonya Veasey CBCF President and CEO

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The Sojourner Truth LEGACY PROJECT

In January 2021, the Congressional Black Caucus welcomed three dynamic new women into their organization while saying farewell to a former member as she made history as the first woman and Black person to take office as the Vice President of the United States. This historic year takes place after a series of hardships like the coronavirus pandemic, the unjust deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd along with extreme economic instability. It was through the leadership of Black women in Congress, state governments and in our community were we able to organize and fight against systemic discriminations that have long marginalized our community. This Sojourner Truth Legacy Project virtual presentation will highlight the amazing work of Black women who have dedicated their careers to eliminating systemic barriers and ensuring equity for all.

Newly— elected Members of the Congressional Black Caucus 117th Congress

REPRESENTATIVE

Cori Bush

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Nikema Williams

REPRESENTATIVE

Marilyn Strickland


Opening Remarks REPRESENTATIVE

Yvette Clarke U.S. House of Representatives Chair, Sojourner Truth Legacy Project

REPRESENTATIVE

Joyce Beatty U.S. House of Representatives Chair, Congressional Black Caucus

Political Leaders REVEREND

Leah D. Daughtry Presiding Prelate, The House of the Lord Churches, Harvard University Institute of Politics

Letitia James New York State Attorney General, Office of the New York State Attorney General

Minyon Moore Principal, Dewey Square Group

Moderator

Patrice S. Johnson

Vice President, Center for Policy Analysis & Research and the Leadership Institute

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Thank You TO O U R S P O N S O RS

Platinum Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

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BOARD of DIRECTORS CHAIR Lori Billingsley The Coca-Cola Company PRESIDENT AND CEO Tonya Veasey Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. SECRETARY Earle Jones Comcast, NBC Universal TREASURER Janice Bryant Howroyd ACT-1 Group Pamela G. Alexander Ford Motor Company Fund Rep. Colin Allred U.S. House of Representatives Chloe Barzy Accenture Aisha Bowe STEMBoard Kevin Brown Dell, Inc Natalie Brunson-Wheeler State Farm Insurance Companies

Rep. Alcee Hastings U.S. House of Representatives

Sean Suggs Toyota Motor North America

Fred Humphries Microsoft

Jesse Tyson The National Black MBA Association, Past President

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee U.S. House of Representatives Leonard James III J3 Advisory Group Lonnie Johnson Exxon Mobil, Retired Tammy Jones Basis Investment Group

Rondu Vincent Bristol Myers Squibb

EX OFFICIO MEMBERS CBC CHAIRPERSON Rep. Joyce Beatty U.S. House of Representatives

Rep. Robin Kelly U.S. House of Representatives

CAC CHAIRPERSON Chaka Burgess Empire Consulting Group

Rep. Brenda Lawrence U.S. House of Representatives

CBC SPOUSES CHAIRPERSON Mrs. Dianne Cleaver

Dr. Keith Magee University College London

DIRECTOR EMERITUS Hon. Kendrick B. Meek

Rep. A. Donald McEachin U.S. House of Representatives

Former Member of Congress King & Spalding LLP

Dr. Troy L. Nash Newmark Knight Frank Steve Pemberton Work Human

Rep. Dwight Evans U.S. House of Representatives

Lisa Osborne Ross Edelman

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Harvard University

Rep. Terri Sewell U.S. House of Representatives

Markus Green Pfizer, Inc.

Julia Simon Mary Kay Inc.

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CORPORATE ADVISORY COUNCIL CHAIRPERSON Chaka T. Burgess Empire Consulting Group

Robert Harris Apple

Chris Randle Facebook

Alethia Jackson, Esq. Walgreens Co.

Nichole Francis Reynolds ServiceNow

Erica Johnson Diageo

Dontai Smalls UPS

Michone T. Johnson Verizon

Nigel Stephens Infor

Mervyn L. Jones II MLJ Strategies

Darrel Thompson theGROUP

Jeanine Liburd BET Networks

Kenny Thompson PepsiCo

Marie Long AT&T

Phillip Wallace Walmart

Ramon O. Looby Maryland Bankers Association

Shawna Watley Holland & Knight, LLP

Micaela Fernandez Allen Open Society Foundation

John Mason Altria

Brandon Webb Amazon

Isaac Fordjour Boston Scientific

Keith W. McCoy Exxon Mobil Corporation

Hilary West JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Karis T. Gutter Corteva Agriscience

Waldo McMillan Charter Communications, Inc.

Tiffani V. Williams, JD, MPH The Daschle Group

E. Monique Hall

Katelyn J. Nnake The Coca-Cola Company

Cherie Wilson General Motors Company

Chanelle Hardy Google

Jesse Price TikTok

LaKeitha Anderson Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP Rontel Batie Crossroads Strategies Zafar Brooks Infoblox Engel Burns AveXis Karen S. Carter Dow Regina K. Dillard State Farm Insurance Companies

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Acknowledgments

Thank you for joining us for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s inaugural virtual Sojourner Truth Legacy Project Program, Celebrating the Rise in Black Women’s Political Leadership.

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