Live from the Power Rising Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, Michele and Daniella speak with a star lineup of black women. In part one of the two-part episode, they chat with Stacey Abrams, former minority leader in the Georgia House of Representatives, about how the 2017 elections in Virginia and Alabama showed that black women can change the trajectory of the nation with their votes. They speak with Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), who shares her strategies for getting more black women to run for office and raising the money needed to win. Then, Michele speaks with Elle Hearns, founder and executive director of the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, who gives her raw take on the inclusivity of the conference and how it felt to be included only to represent the experience of being a black trans women but not thought of first.
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Michele Jawando is a vice president at the Center for American Progress. Daniella Gibbs Léger is the senior vice president for Communications and Strategy at the Center. Sally Tucker is the radio coordinator for Communications at the Center. Rachel Rosen is the senior director of Broadcast Communications at the Center.