CITY OF WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 16, 2021)—Vice President Kamala Harris will host her first social event since taking over as the nation’s second-in-command, having invited every female member of the Senate to join her for dinner at the Naval Observatory on Tuesday night. But Harris could have easily invited Black women who are not US Senators–to include all women of color at the table—she did not. But rather Harris continues to policy of the Democratic National Committee—-diversity in both House of Congress.
There are currently 24 women serving in the U.S. Senate, consisting of 16 Republicans and eight Democrats.
Notably, Harris is the only Black woman sitting at the table.
“In 2017, more than 30 prominent African American women wrote an open letter to then-Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, calling out the party for taking Black women’s political activism and leadership for granted,” wrote USA Today.
“The Black Women’s Roundtable a national civic group, released its fourth annual report today about African-American women in the U.S., providing a “prescriptive agenda” of key political, economic, and social issues that impact the nation’s 23 million Black women, their families and communities,” reported NBC.
“The 72-page document, entitled ‘Black Women in the U.S., 2017: Moving Our Agenda Forward in a Post-Obama Era,’ was released to coincide with the group’s 6th annual “Women of Power” national summit, taking place this week in the nation’s capital and Arlington, Virginia.”
“The organization’s leadership unveiled the report today at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), a nonpartisan nonprofit which works around Civil Rights and social justice issues; the group convenes the round-table.
“We have shown how Black women lead, yet the Party’s leadership from Washington to the state parties have few or no Black women in leadership,” the letter said. “More and more, Black women are running for office and winning elections – with scant support from Democratic Party infrastructure.”
The meeting — which was pushed back due to renovations at the Naval Observatory, the official residence for all vice presidents — comes amid tense negotiations between lawmakers on Capitol Hill and the White House, as the two sides attempt to hash out a satisfactory infrastructure package.
Source: National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) , NBC and USA Today contributed to the article.