ESSENCE and Higher Heights, an organization dedicated to advancing Black women’s political power by ensuring they have the tools to engage, advocate and lead, announced that they have joined forces to serve as a hub for the amplification of Black women’s voices and issues in the final weeks leading to Election Day 2020.

Ahead of the election, Black women are expected to again be one of the most powerful voting blocs in the country. From grassroots activists to community advocates and celebrities, Black women are using the strength of their voices and networks to make a critical impact this election cycle.

The newly formed Higher Heights and ESSENCE partnership will create a platform for opinion pieces, essays, and video content from national, state, and local Black women leaders, elected officials, activists and everyday women helping to uplift and lead their communities.

“We are excited about partnering with ESSENCE to tell the stories of Black women as we head towards Election Day,” said Glynda C. Carr, CEO of Higher Heights. “The road to 2020 is powered by Black women, and as we enter these final weeks, we understand that there is much at stake as we prepare to exercise our power at the polls. The space we are creating with ESSENCE will allow Black women to have a community to demonstrate our collective power for change in our communities and nation.”

“Black women collectively hold the safety, success, and security of their families and communities in our custody, ever more so today amidst the compounded pandemics of COVID 19, economic instability, police brutality, social unrest, and racial injustice,” said Caroline Wanga, Interim CEO of ESSENCE Communications, Inc. “ESSENCE is proud to partner with Higher Heights to continue creating new platforms that provide the support and resources for active civic engagement in a season marked by a monumental and critically historic election.”

Some of the Higher Heights and ESSENCE features will include:

• Highlighting key races in which Black women are running for office across the country;

• Published pieces by thought leaders and everyday women about their Election 2020 experiences;

• Debate and Election Night Watch Parties

The partnership also will include the streaming of the new livestream show, “The Sip Hour,” created by five preeminent Black women-led national organizations that have partnered to create compelling content to gather Black women online across the country to be informed, engaged, to take action, and practice self-care and joy during the COVID-19 pandemic and 2020 election.

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