“Our Bodies Belong to Us: Restoring Black Autonomy and Joy”

This year marks the sixth year anniversary of the Black Maternal Health Week (BMHW) campaign. Founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA), BMHW is a week of awareness, activism, and community building intended to: Deepen the national conversation about Black maternal health in the US; Amplify community-driven policy, research, and care solutions; Center the voices of Black Mamas, women, families, and stakeholders; Provide a national platform for Black-led entities and efforts on maternal health, birth and reproductive justice; and Enhance community organizing on Black maternal health. BMMA uses the phrase “BLACK MAMAS” to represent the full diversity of our lived experiences that includes birthing persons (cis-women, trans folks, and gender-expansive individuals) that are people of African descent across the diaspora (Afro-Latinx, African-American, AfroCaribbean, Black, and African Immigrant). Black Mamas are taking control and building towards their liberation unapologetically. We recognize, celebrate, and support those who care for and mother our families and communities whether they have given birth or not.

We stand in solidarity with all Black Mamas.




April 11th, 2023:
BMHW Kick Off IG Live with BM Community and Friends

A conversation with elected officials, policy makers, and change agents about the current policy landscape of Black Maternal Health and Reproductive Rights in TN.


April 12th, 2023:
Couch Conversations

With Senator London Lamar, Courtney Teasley, Esq, and Tanzye Hill. Moderated by Chemyeeka Tumblin.

April 12th, 2023:
Pass the Mic:
Girl Dads Step to the Stage

A discussion about the historical barriers to Black Women and Bodily Autonomy, and the role Black men play as fathers raising daughters and supporting Black women in reproductive justice. Moderated by Patrick Walker Reese.

April 13th, 2023
Birthing Justice: HBCU Film
Screening and Discussion

A conversation with the next generation of black healthcare providers following a screening of Birthing Justice.


April 14th, 2023
Grandmothered In: A Celebration
of Liberation through the Arts

An immersive experience centered around restoring bodily autonomy through our voices, movement, and artistic expression of local Black Artists and Performers.

April 15th, 2023
Take Up Space Sis

A restorative time to heal our bodies through movement. Hosted in Partnership with Renee Watkins.


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