Rashida Tlaib had recently been elected to represent the City of Detroit and surrounding areas in Congress. Jamal had been the chief of staff to Rep. Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick who represented that district previously. That is also the seat that represents the neighborhood where Jamal lived in high school. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights held a day-long Bend Toward Justice conference with hundreds of national and local activists and leaders and asked Jamal to interview her on stage.