The Women's March co-founder challenged Black women to keep each other as priorities even when the world drops the ball in this powerful address at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival.

Rachaell Davis
Jul, 14, 2017

Dedicated civil rights activist and Women's March co-founder Tamika Mallory lit the room on fire with her fearless words as she addressed the audience on the Empowerment Stage at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival.

Challenging the thousands of Black women in attendance to remain stedfast in using their voices to fight for what matters most to them, she delivered a message that invigorated everyone in the room.

"Ladies, make no mistake," she said. "There is a state of emergency for Black women and we are fighting a battle that is silent. No one is talking about it. But even when they won't talk about it, we have to. We need to be willing to raise hell about everything that matters to us. We have to prioritize us when the rest of the world will not."

Take a listen to Tamika's encouraging call to action in the video above.