Friday, April 2, 2010

Check out our keynote speaker, Jehmu Greene!

Jehmu Greene is an American political commentator and social justice organizer. Throughout her career, she has worked with the media to build powerful social justice movements. Jehmu’s knowledge of the issues has earned her spots on the all major cable new networks including: CNN, MSNBC, The O'Reilly Factor, The Daily Show, Anderson Cooper 360°, MTV News, NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, ABC World News.

In 2009, Jehmu became president of Women’s Media Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit women’s advocacy organization founded in 2005 by writers/activists Jane FondaRobin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem. As head of WMC, Jehmu organizes social justice campaigns around issues from women’s health to sexism in media and works to amplify the voices of women through advocacy, media and leadership training, and the creation of original content.

Prior to her current role, Jehmu served as President of Rock the Vote from 2000-20005. Under her leadership, Rock the Vote registered 1.4 million new voters and its membership grew from 1500 to 1 million. She was the first African American to serve as President of Rock the Vote and also the first President to sit on the Board of Directors.

Jehmu was recognized as one of Essence magazine's 40 Women Under 40 Shaping The World, and received the National Conference for Community and Justice's Community Service Award, American Association of University Women's Women of Distinction Award and National Council for Research on Women Making a Difference Award. Essence Magazine also named Jehmu one of the 35 Most Beautiful and Remarkable Women in the World.

Check her out on Feministing and at NOW's national conference.

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