Taking Seats at the Table: Black Women at the Intersection of Politics and Activism

Taking Seats at the Table: Black Women at the Intersection of Politics and Activism

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Thursday, Aug. 10 10:30 AM

Ends: Thursday, Aug. 10 11:45 AM

Room: Hanover A-B

White women voted for Donald Trump by 53 percent, while 94 precent of Black women voted for Hillary Clinton. Democrats won the 2013 Virginia Governor’s election, particularly because of black women. Black women are the committed base of the Democratic Party and progressive movement; yet despite gains at the federal level, black women’s leadership is not always reflected in the Democratic Party and the mainstream progressive movement. What is the next generation of black women leaders working in #BlackLivesMatter, reproductive justice, labor unions, LGBT organizations and politics doing to bring black women activism to the forefront of political leadership? Hear from them and how to increase black women political leadership in your own community.


Atima Omara

Atima Omara

Atima Omara is a political strategist & activist who is an award winning leader in politics and the progressive movement. She has worked for a Governor and has served as staff for over 9 federal, state, and local political campaigns and other progressive causes. Her multi-faceted political experience includes campaign management, field organizing, fundraising, and paid communications for coordinated campaigns and independent expenditures.

Atima was elected a DNC member from Virginia in 2016. She is the Immediate Past President of the Young Democrats of America. When elected in 2013, Atima became the first African American and fifth woman President of the Young Democrats of America (YDA) in its 83-year history. She served as President from 2013-2015, the nation’s largest youth partisan organization. As President of YDA, she also served on the Democratic National Committee and its Youth Council. Atima has also previously served in leadership roles with the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, Planned Parenthood Metro Washington and the National Organization for Women. She is also currently Board Chair of the Planned Parenthood Metro Washington Action Fund. For her work, Ebony Magazine listed her as 2013 “Power 100” and Jet Magazine listed her as 2013’s “40 under 40”

Atima also writes and speaks about national politics, candidates, and policy and culture issues including feminism, women in politics, women in film/media, reproductive rights & justice, domestic violence, and race & gender inequality.  She has made appearances NPR, PBS, MSNBC, CNN, Fox Business, Fox News, CSPAN, to offer political commentary. Her writings have been featured in American Prospect,  Huffington Post, Rewire, The Root, The Hill, Talking Points Memo, Ebony Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Virginian-Pilot, to name a few.


Glynda C. Carr

Glynda C. Carr

Advocate and political strategist Glynda C. Carr is recognized for her innovative leadership style, commitment to expanding the civic participation of communities of color and advancing progressive public policies that build sustainable communities.

Carr co-founded Higher Heights a national organization building the political power and leadership of Black women from the voting booth to elected offices. Carr is the former Executive Director of Education Voters of New York, a leading independent voice for school reform in the state. Prior to Education Voters, Carr was Chief of Staff to New York State Senator Kevin Parker (Brooklyn), and served as campaign manager for two of his successful re-election campaigns.

A sought after speaker and trainer, Carr’s writing has also appeared on TheRoot.com, BET.com, Ebony.com and Feminist.com. She is a contributor on The SPIN: All Women’s Media Panel and has appeared on NewsOne, Fox News Live, MSNBC and several other media outlets.

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A'shanti Gholar


A’shanti F. Gholar is the Political Director for Emerge America, the only organization dedicated to recruiting, training, and empowering Democratic women to run for public office. For 15 years, A’shanti has been a grassroots organizer and activist for women, communities of color, and progressive causes. She has experience in building coalitions, program development, and community and political engagement.

A native Nevadan, A’shanti holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s of Science Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with an emphasis on leadership development and women in leadership. A’shanti was featured as a political influencer in CQ Roll Call Magazine and has recently appeared on TV One’s NewsOne Now with Roland Martin.

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Nakisha Lewis


A long time advocate for race and gender justice, Nakisha has spent the last decade supporting youth and parent grassroots organizing across movements. As the former Program Manager at the Schott Foundation for Public Education, she managed the state-based Opportunity to Learn Campaign in Massachusetts and established the foundation’s Gender Equity portfolio.
Nakisha’s current work focuses on centering Black women and girls in philanthropic dialogue and developing a roadmap for investment in Black and Brown girls. At present she is working with the African American Policy Forum to organize women of color around the country in calling for inclusion in President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative.

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