Black Maternal Health: Historical And Reproductive Justice Reckonings

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October 1, 2020
United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Race Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Slavery

Please join us virtually on Zoom for our next Race & Health program on Thursday, October 1, 2020, from 3:30PM – 5:00PM EDT


Black Maternal Health: Historical And Reproductive Justice Reckonings


Hosted virtually on Zoom - Zoom link provided upon registration


Cost: Free, advance registration required



This event looks at the profound health inequities around giving birth, further laid bare by the COVID pandemic. Discussions with experts will include how slavery and the history of reproductive medicine intersect, the impact that medical racism has on Black birthing people from slavery to freedom, engagement in the national reproductive justice movement, and recent efforts to address racial inequities in maternal mortality and morbidity in NYC.

Featured presentations are by historian Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, author of Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology, and public health activist and scholar Dr. Lynn Roberts, co-editor and contributing author of the anthology, Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique.

This event is part of the Race & Health series at The New York Academy of Medicine. The Race & Health series is about envisioning a more just society. We examine the big social, economic and systemic issues that keep people of all races from enjoying a healthy life. We’ll shed light on the historical legacy of these issues and their modern-day challenges and determine how we can, together, create a more equitable and healthy future for all.

We are pleased to partner with the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine in mounting this event, as part of its program Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Issues. This program pairs historians with scientists, researchers and policy makers for mutual investigation of a topic through presentation and discussion, with the results shared online and supplemented by additional commentary.

Contact Info: 

Arlene Shaner, MA MLS | she, her, hers

Historical Collections Librarian



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The New York Academy of Medicine

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