Susan Taylor, Vivica Fox, Melanie Campbell & Rev. Marcia Dyson rally support...

Susan Taylor, Vivica Fox, Melanie Campbell & Rev. Marcia Dyson rally support for Ambassador Susan Rice


Washington, DC – A diverse group of women leaders and organizations have joined forces with the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) to launch a campaign to express their unequivocal support of United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice and to encourage senate and congressional leaders to treat the esteemed public servant with respect. In addition to signing on to an open letter to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, nearly 100 women from across the country are promoting an online petition in support of Ambassador Rice via personal and organizational networks as well as online social media.

The letter sent to Senate intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and committee ranking member Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) said Ambassador Rice has been a role model to all women. “She has excelled throughout her career both in the public and private sector. Her commitment to international peace and the equality of all people should be heralded, not summarily dismissed for political gain and expedience. Hence, we urge all U. S. Senators to afford Ambassador Rice the proper respect appropriate for any other Cabinet-level member of a sitting Administration.”

The letter continues, “We feel it necessary to remind the Senate of Ambassador Rice’s impeccable credentials because of the failure of some to respect her role as the United States Ambassador and leader in foreign policy. While some members of the Senate have pushed back on their rush to judgment in the press regarding Ambassador Rice’s prepared remarks on the attack in Benghazi, we feel that the public integrity and reputation of this brilliant woman, who serves our country with great dignity, has been unfairly and unnecessarily attacked.”

The Black Women’s Roundtable comprises an intergenerational membership of Black women civic leaders of international, national, regional and state-based organizations and institutions that works collectively to advance policies and strategic initiatives that help to improve the lives of underserved women and girls.

The range of Women who signed on to the letter include: Melanie L. Campbell, President & CEO and Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable, NCBCP; Rev. Marcia Dyson, Partner, M & M Dyson, LLC; Ingrid Saunders Jones, Chair, National Council of Negro Women; Susan L. Taylor, CEO and Founder, National CARES Mentoring Movement, Susan Scanlan, Chair, National Council of Women’s Organizations & President, Women’s Research & Education Institute; Vivica A. Fox, President, Foxy Brown Productions; and Dr. Natalia A. Francisco, Founder/Executive Director, Women of Worth & Worship, LLC. For a full list go to:

A full list of women supporting the letter, a copy of the letter to the Senate, a link to the petition, and a widget to post the petition to websites and social media are located at and ( The twitter hashtag is #SUPPORTAMBASSADORRICE.


Signers to the letter include:

Melanie L. Campbell

President & CEO and Convener

Black Women’s Roundtable, NCBCP

Rev. Marcia Dyson

Partner, M & M Dyson, LLC

Ingrid Saunders Jones


National Council of Negro Women

Susan L. Taylor

CEO and Founder

National CARES Mentoring Movement

Editor-in-Chief Emerita, Essence Magazine

Susan Scanlan

Chair, National Council of Women’s Organizations & President, Women’s Research & Education Institute

Faye M. Anderson


Tracking Change

Angela M. Angel, Esq.


Black Women’s Roundtable

Barbara R. Arnwine, Esq.

Convener, Black Women for Justice

Diane Babineaux

Chief of Staff to the Int’l President

International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Works

Arlene Holt Baker

Executive Vice President


Monifa Bandele

Campaign Director

Cora Masters Barry

Former First Lady Washington DC

CEO/Founder, RWLC

Lisa Fager Bediako

President & CEO Industry Ears

Dr. Lezli Baskerville

President & CEO


Dr. Michelle Battle

Executive Director

MIRA-National Youth Initiative

Salandra Benton


Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation

Jillian Blackwell


My Girlfriends Business

Heather Booth

Democracy Partner

Donna Brazile

Vice Chair, Voter Registration and Participation, DNC

Roslyn Brock



Clayola Brown

President & CEO

A. Philip Randolph Institute

Jessica Brown

National Black Youth Vote! Coordinator


Latosha Brown


TruthSpeaks Consulting

Helen Butler

Executive Director

Coalition for the People’s Agenda

Cynthia M. A. Butler McIntyre

National President

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Yvonne V. Cook

Assistant to the Provost

And Vice President for Academic Affairs

Coppin State University

ShaRhonda Dawson


Chicago Coalition on Black Civic Participation

Edrea Davis

Executive Producer

Felicia Davis


UNCF SP Building Green*

LaKimba B. DeSadier

Executive Director

National Black Caucus of State Legislators

Vivica A. Fox


Foxy Brown Productions

Sandra Fowler

President & CEO

Brewton Enterprises

Dr. Natalia A. Francisco

Founder/Executive Director

Women of Worth & Worship, LLC

Andrea Gleaves


WIN (Women’s Information Network)

Patricia Green

Founder & Chief Strategist

IC Linkages, Inc.

Sharon Hanshaw

Executive Director

Coastal Women for Change

Dr. Cynthia Hale

Senior Pastor

Ray of Hope Christian Church

Decatur, GA

Chanelle Hardy

Senior Vice President for Policy

National Urban League

Nancy Harvin


Black Women’s Roundtable

Bonita M. Herring

International Grand Basileus

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority

Dr. Patricia Hobson


Local Host Summit Committee The Black Women’s Roundtable

Tanya Clay House

Chair, Civil Rights Law

National Bar Association

Eleanor Hinton Hoytt

President & CEO

Black Women’s Health Imperative

Janaye Ingram

DC Bureau Chief

National Action Network

Dorothy R. Jackson, Esq.

Board Member, NCBCP

Letetia Daniels Jackson


Tandeka LLC

Dr. Sabrina Jackson


Sabrina Jackson Enterprises

Dr. Lorretta Johnson


American Federation of Teachers

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever

Executive Director

National Council of Negro Women

Stephanie Jones


Stephanie Jones Strategies

Carol Joyner

National Political Director

Labor Project for Working Families

Julian B. Kiganda


African Diaspora for Change

Dr. Bernice A. King


The King Center

Nicole Lee


TransAfrica Forum**

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

Executive Director/CEO

National Black Justice Coalition

Dr. Evelyn Gibson Lowery

President, SCLC/W.O.M.E.N. Inc.

Leslie Watson Malachi


African American Ministers in Action

Tamika Mallory

National Executive Director

National Action Network

Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Economist, Scholar & Author

President & CEO, Last Word Productions, Inc.

Barbara Miller

Professor of Anthropology & International Affairs and Director, Institute for Global & International Studies

The Elliott School of International Affairs George Washington University

Dr. Judith C. Moore

Executive Director,

Sisters Saving Ourselves NOW

Pastor, First AME Church-Clairton, PA

Minyon Moore

Former Assistant to the President Bill Clinton and Director of Public Liaison

Karen Mulhauser


Mulhauser and Associates

Dr. Claire Nelson

President & CEO

Institute of Caribbean Studies

Sophia A. Nelson, Esq.

Author Black Woman Redefined

Journalist, Speaker

Sima Osdoby

Consulting Democracy, Governance and Civil Society

Terry O’Neill


National Organization for Women

Kimberly Otis

Senior Advisor, Center for Partnership Studies, Director, Caring Economy Campaign

Stephanie Parker-Weaver

Founding President and CEO

Rebirth Alliance and Co-Convener, MSCBP

Barbara A. Perkins


International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute

Amy Pritchard

Principle Mission Control and

President Democratic GAIN

Rene Redwood


Redwood Enterprise, LLC

Deidra Reese

State Coordinator

Ohio Unity Coalition

Jena Roscoe

SVP, Government Relations, Public Policy, Operation HOPE

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

CEO and Co-Founder

Deborah Robinson

Convener, MS Black Women’s Roundtable

Co-Convener, MSCBP

Delisa Saunders, Ph.D.

Former Board Member, NCBCP

Rita Jackson Samuels


Georgia Coalition of Black Women, Inc.

Carlottia Scott

Board Member, NCBCP

Deborah Scott

Executive Director

Georgia Stand Up!

Elsie L. Scott, Ph.D.


Ronald Walters Leadership & Public Policy Center, Howard University**

Kimberly Scott


Conklin Scott

Karen J. See


Coalition of Labor Union Women

Traci Siegel

Senior Vice President


Dr. Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich

President & CEO

Center for Community & Economic Justice

Makeda Smith


Jazzmyne PR

Carolyn House Stewart, Esq.

International President

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc

Pierrette Talley


Ohio Unity Coalition

Makani Themba

Executive Director

The Praxis Project

Sheila Tyson


Alabama Coalition on Black Civic Participation

Tonya Tyson


Black Women’s Roundtable

A. Shuanise Washington

Founder and Principal

Washington Solutions, LLC

Management & Political Consulting Firm

Robin Williams

Associate Director

Civil Rights & Community Action


Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner


Skinner Leadership Institute

Dr. E. Faye Williams

National Chair

National Congress of Black Women

Thomasina Williams, Esq.

Research Affiliate

MIT Community Innovators Lab

Vanessa Williams

Executive Director

National Conference of Black Mayors

Sharon Zimmerman

Interim Executive Director

Women’s Action for New Directions

**organization referenced for identification purposes only.