November #SundayBrunch

November's #SundayBrunch with Higher Heights will discuss all things #BlackWomenVote as we prepare for Tuesday, November 7th #ElectionDay

Off-year elections are important and it's critical that we show up. Join us as we discuss how to activate our networks-- raise our voice, cast our vote and flex our collective voting power. 

Join the #SundayBrunch #BlackWomenVote Tweet Storm on Sunday, November 7th at 2: 00 p.m. EST.  Follow the conversation on twitter at @HigherHeights using #BlackWomenVote.

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October 2017 #SundayBrunch Menu

This month we are talking about making 2017 the year of the Black woman mayor and celebrating the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer.
By Kimberly Peele-Allen
By Gynda C. Carr
Year of The Black Woman Mayor
 

 

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2017: The Year of the Black Woman Mayor?

By Kimberly Peeler-Allen

Since 2002, 10 Black women have been elected mayor in the 100 most populous cities, including five of those women serving simultaneously from January to June 2017, the largest number to serve at one time in history. 

2017 is shaping up to be the year of the Black women mayor.  This fall, Seven Black women will be on the ballot in primaries or have already advance to general elections.

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Fannie Lou Hamer: A Political Bright Light that Still Shines

By Glynda C. Carr

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 If Fannie Lou Hamer were alive to celebrate her 100th birthday this past October 6th, she would certainly take pride in the way Black women continue to push this country toward honoring its promise of freedom and equality for all. From founding movements such as Black Lives Matter to our status as the country’s fastest-growing segment of small business owners, Black women have historically been at the forefront of this country’s political, economic and human-rights advancement.

It’s been 53 years since Hamer, a former share cropper who was instrumental in organizing Black voter registration in the south, led the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party’s (MFDP) delegates to the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, NJ. There, she stood toe-to-toe with President Lyndon B. Johnson, who was seeking reelection.  She demanded that he and other party leaders let the delegates, who’d been elected by more than 80,000 Black and poor White Mississippians, be seated and allowed to exercise their right to vote during the party’s nominating process.

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#IfIWasTheMayor

Last week, ABC’s new show The Mayor premiered, telling the story of a 27-year-old rapper-turned-mayor. The Mayor challenges us to reconsider who can run for office – and what they can accomplish once they’re there.

Higher Heights has teamed up with the #IfIWasTheMayor campaign  that includes coalition of groups like Color of Change, Run for Something, and She Should Run.

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