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Museum Summit For Black Women Draws Yara Shahidi, Stacey Abrams And More

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Museum Summit For Black Women Draws Yara Shahidi, Stacey Abrams And More


Last year, during the inaugural Women’s E3 Summit at the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC), Oprah Winfrey strode onstage and channeled the famous 1851 speech of abolitionist Sojourner Truth. Passionately preaching and punctuating her keynote address with the searing words “Ain’t I a woman,” Winfrey paid homage to the history of Black women in America—our power, our pain and our purpose.

This year the Smithsonian museum once again drew celebrities, newsmakers and women from around the country for its second annual summit celebrating Black womanhood. Some 300 attendees—from college students to elders—gathered on June 13 for a networking breakfast and conversations centered on the E3 themes of empowerment, entrepreneurship and engagement. 

Also on hand were Black women execs representing event sponsors AARP, Target and Kaiser Permanente. Year two built on the 2018 …

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I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

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