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The Afiya Center  Transforming the lives of Black Women and Girls through Reproductive Justice✊🏿

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Rest In Power, Winnie Mandela ✊🏿“I no longer have the emotion of fear, there is no longer anything I can fear.There is nothing the government has not done to me. I am the product of the masses of my country and the product of my enemy.” #WinnieMandela #RIP

The brilliant Naomi Wadler, a ray of light. Art by @ashlukadraws

Lookin for the radical #walkout/#boycott like 👀

Gordon Parks, Untitled, Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956

Day 24: Ruth Brown probably pioneered “Rhythm and Blues” music in the 50’s. She had a string of hits that Atlantic Records used to build the company. Her dad was a dockhand and directed the church choir but she was more into nightclubs. Going from chitlin circuit dances to singing with Duke Ellington is wild. She gave up that career to be a housewife, which is not something most women can choose…but if it were an option I do wonder how many of us would devote our lives to domestic matters. No matter how your partner identifies. Would you be a queer housewife? She also used her influence to press for musicians' rights regarding royalties and contracts, AKA she helped her folks secure the bag. ALSO, she was in Hairspray, a personal fave! #ruthbrown #31more #womenshistorymonth

Day 23: is Loretta Ross. Still alive and still kicking Loretta Ross was the cofounder @sistersong as well as one of the creators of the term Reproductive Justice. This quote from her Op-Ed “Planned Parenthood’s Next President Should Be A Woman Of Color” sums up her fire pretty nicely, “Perhaps none of the challenges facing Planned Parenthood is as urgent as the racial and class divisions that shape how American women seek reproductive health care. Race and class are inextricable in America, and both interfere with access to and use of reproductive health services. Middle-class and wealthy women of all races use private doctors, not public clinics ― except under special circumstances, such as when they’re young or temporarily poor. Planned Parenthood’s financial structure depends on the low-income black and brown women who rely on its services in communities with the greatest needs ― places like Texas, which has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world.
Under a white president, Planned Parenthood could still focus on the needs of low-income women. But to put a woman of color in the top job ― one with a fundamental understanding of how class works in a racialized health care system ― would send a strong signal to current and potential clients of color that the organization can be trusted and that it believes in empowering women who share their experiences.”
#lorettaross #31more #womanism #reproductivejustice #womenshistorymonth

Day 22: Dorothy Dandridge. Carmen Jones was the first time I ever saw Dorothy Dandridge, and her portrayal of a woman that cannot be tamed, not even by fine ass Harry Belafonte, was seared into my memory. Her life off film sets is really inspiring. The trajectory of her life was shifted by her first pregnancy, with her husband, and the resulting baby who was born with brain damage and required a lot of care. This crushed the marriage. When she got pregnant by Otto Preminger and was forced to have an abortion by the studio her life took a different turn. She even got into activism. She died of weird circumstances at 42 but I am forever grateful for that willful woman in that Army man’s truck. #carmenjones #dorothydandridge #blackwomen #womenshistorymonth #31more

#31more Day 21 is Anna Julia Cooper. Us liberation activists who live in books have Anna Julia Cooper to look at as proof that you can be about this nerd shit and also about your people. Sis was the 4th African American woman to earn a doctoral degree. Period. #4. This quote is my favorite souvenir from “When and Where I Enter” a book by Paula Giddings about the Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America. “When and Where I enter, in the quiet, undisputed dignity of my womanhood, without violence and without suing or special patronage, then and there the whole Negro race enters with me.” #annajuliacooper #womenshistorymonth #31more #womanist

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