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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, Chair of the MDP, Lavora Barnes & Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Headline the Inaugural Black Women in MI Politics Luncheon

Detroit, MI, September 20, 2019 --( On Friday, October 11, 2019 from 11:30am-1:30pm, Washtenaw Community College’s Morris Lawrence Center, will serve as a fitting back drop for Black Women in Michigan Politics (BWIMP) as they host their inaugural Annual Luncheon. This non-partisan event is designed to celebrate, encourage, support and spotlight African American women who serve in all phases of Michigan’s political landscape.

The event will feature lunch, music, entertainment and a dynamic panel of black women in Michigan politics who embody leadership that is worthy of acclaim. “The Power Panel,” moderated by the renowned Judge Denise Langford Morris, will feature Michigan political powerhouses, Lavora Barnes Chairwoman of the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP), Commissioner Alisha Bell, Commissioner Felicia Brabec, Judge Aliyah Sebree, Pontiac Mayor Deidre Waterman and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence will offer closing remarks. BWIMP’s target audience is African American women who serve in Michigan politics as elected officials, lobbyists or in direct support roles to political figures.

“It is our hope that our attendees will feel a part of a new powerful and dynamic sisterhood while gaining an understanding and appreciation for fellow Black women in strong and succinct positions at every level of governance,” states Michigan Senator, Sylvia Santana.

Senator Santana serves on the steering committee of BWIMP with Superior Township clerk, Lynette Findley, Former Commissioner, Edna Bell, and 13th Congressional Democratic Party Treasurer, Diajah Ruffin.

Corporate Sponsors include, Michigan Association of Carpenters, The Honorable David Rutledge and Planned Parenthood. Sponsorships will not only underwrite the event, but will also support future BWIMP programs. Michigan black-owned businesses will also be showcased at the event.

Black Women in Michigan Politics was founded in 2019 with a mission to showcase current black women in politics as well as support, develop, mentor and educate up and coming future leaders.

For ticket information, exhibitor and/or sponsorship information, please email the organization at or visit the company website at Any Media requests, please contact CDJ & Associates at
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Phone: 616-965-1355

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