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Celebrating black women's political influence

ACTIVE: Figures from the 2017 US election pole concluded that 94 per cent of black women voted for Hilary Clinton, magnifying the scope of their voting power

A NEW initiative has launched to recognise the significant influence of black women in American politics.

The Seat At The Table tour, designed by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) aims to rebuild relationships, restore trust, and strengthen infrastructure within communities to champion Democratic values and build towards electoral victories.

African American women have been considered the backbone of the Democratic Party, acting as their most reliable voting bloc. Figures from the 2017 US election pole concluded that 94 per cent of black women voted for Hilary Clinton, magnifying the scope of their voting power.

But despite this, the party has been criticised for failing to support the needs of black women and those running for office. Last year, high profile black female activists penned an open letter to the DNC that argued that their voters were being “taken for granted”.

Waikinya Clanton, the DNC’s director of African American outreach said: “this is the Democratic Party’s opportunity to show that we want more than just black women’s votes. We also need and want black women’s input, ideas, and organising power.”

She continued: “We want to hear from black women across this country about what keeps them up at night and what we can do to help fix it.

“Whether it’s training candidates on how to address certain issues, training organisers on how to advocate on issues locally or connecting black women Democrats. We want to connect and work with black women to help move this country forward in a real and meaningful way.”

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