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#BlackWomenLead Congress: The Difference They Make and the Road They Took to Get There
The Albert W. Lewitt Endowed Lecture
About the Speaker
Kimberly Peeler-Allen has been working at the intersection of race, gender and politics for almost 20 years. A visiting practitioner at Eagleton’s Center for American Women and Politics, Peeler-Allen is a co-founder of Higher Heights, a national organization dedicated to building the political power and leadership of Black women from the voting booth to elected office.
Peeler-Allen and her co-founder, Glynda Carr, built Higher Heights from an idea on the back of a placemat into a network of over 90,000 members, donors, and activists across the country that helped elect 10 Black women to Congress, 1 Black woman to the US Senate, and grew the number of Black women in statewide executive office and leading our nation’s largest cities.
Peeler-Allen is now drawing on her life experience as an organizer and operative to write her first book, Activist Momma, a celebration of this intersection and the gifts that mothers bring to movement work. It profiles the lives of a group of Black women who are leading some of the most impactful movements at the local and national level.
About the Albert W. Lewitt Endowed Lectures
The Albert W. Lewitt Endowed Lecture was established by Mrs. Benjamin Leon in memory of her brother, who worked on Capitol Hill in the 1940s, first on the staff of Senator W. Warren Barbour and later for Senator Albert W. Hawkes. The talk has a special focus on issues related to the US Congress.