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.
In 2018, we hosted several conversations with Black women about what we bring to the table when it comes to leadership, politics, business, our relationships, and our families. One thing held and continues to hold true: we are magical.
As you may recall in 2017, 98% of Black women turned out in Alabama to vote for and elect Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate, defeating his openly racist Republican opponent. It was the first time in 25 years that a Democrat won a seat in the staunchly conservative state. From Black Lives Matter to #MeToo, Black women are at the forefront of progressive movements today. These are just a few examples where Black women have stepped up to lead and get the job done.
We’re doing something bold, but we need your help. We’ve proven time and time again that Black women lead the way. Let’s keep up the momentum by uniting from our various walks of life to ensure Black voters are registered to vote and turn out in large numbers for every election.
That’s why have Black Women for Tennessee, a statewide nonpartisan effort to unite all the Black-women-led and women-led organizations across the state to register voters, inform voters, and get voters to the polls.
One of the most pressing issues Tennessee is facing is dismal voter registration and turnout rates. In fact, Tennessee has one of the lowest voter participation rates in the nation, once 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 – live in precincts with the lowest turnout.
We invite you to be a part of the hyper-local grassroots, grass top, and coalition-building work of The Equity Alliance to ensure minority voices are heard on Election Day. Our mission is to laser-focused on ensuring communities of color have access to the ballot box. As a voting bloc that consistently votes in large numbers, we strongly believe that Black women can and will make a collective impact in Tennessee.
Democracy works best when everyone participates and we know our best approach is organizing the community we can relate to and most effectively reach, which is black women.
It’s time for Tennessee to #BetOnBlackWomen.
Black Women for Tennessee is about unity, bridging generational gaps between old and new energetic leadership, and collectively using our power for elevation. This is about positivity and sending a message that we are more than what the television and magazines say we are. This is about restoration, redemption, and healing. This is about celebrating and paying homage and respect. This is about bridging the inter-generational divide between old and new energetic leadership. This is about putting our individual agendas aside and coming together for collective impact. And this is about showing Tennessee that black women can lead and always have been capable of leading.
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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Pi Nu Omega (Murfreesboro)
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Upsilon Psi Omega (Nashville)
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Nashville Alumnae Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Nashville Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. – Pi Zeta Chapter (Nashville)
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. – Upsilon Sigma Chapter (Nashville)
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. – Kappa Tau Sigma Alumnae Chapter (Murfreesboro)
Healthy and Free Tennessee
Parthenon Links, Inc.
Nashville Chapter The Links, Inc.
Music City Chapter The Links, Inc.
National Association of University Women – Middle TN Branch
National Council of Negro Women – Middle Tennessee
National Coalition of 100 Black Women
National Hook-Up of Black Women
Les Gemmes, Inc.
Napier-Looby Bar Association
Lawyer’s Association for Women
Urban League Young Professionals
Tennessee Advocates for Planned Parenthood
Top Ladies of Distinction – Nashville Capitol City Chapter
National Consortium of Black Women in Ministry (NCBWIM) Nashville Chapter
Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee
YWCA of Middle Tennessee