The Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative spoke about pressing issues in the community for African-American women.
The initiative is built on voicing the issues of and concerns of low-income women and families in the deep and rural south.
Former Obama appointee and executive committee member Shirley Sherrod says poverty and rural areas can't be fixed, until it's noticed by the community.
"If we're developing this area more, we've got to look within to see what it is we can do, and do it together. I'm not talking about just black people or just white people. I'm talking about working together for the change that's necessary here," said Sherrod.
Key findings from the initiative state that more than one of four children and nearly as many women live in poverty in the rural South.
White women are said to be four times more likely to be employed and black women earned nearly one-third less than white women.