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Malcolm X Talk: Reproductive Justice

May 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


“For the last four decades, Black women have been dying in childbirth at a rate three to four times their White counterparts. ” (REPRODUCTIVE INJUSTICE: RACIAL AND GENDER DISCRIMINATION IN U.S. HEALTH CARE)

May is usually the month to celebrate and honor the mothers in our lives. This year we want to do that and talk about how we can protect them from the injustices that threaten their lives and the lives of future generations. Join us in a presentation and discussion about the state of maternal health. You’ll also get to meet a few of the many women doing related work in Baltimore. 

This event is FREE and OPEN to the public.


AshleeJaye Johnson, is the Director of Community Engagement for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. She also serves as the creative guru and founder of community matters which creates innovations and provides parent coaching focused on helping mothers make informed decisions at the start of the their parenting journey.

Ana Temple-Rodney, is an author, doula, yoga instructor, Reiki master, and mom advocate. Ana is the Founder of The Rising Mama Brand and MOMCares initiative. The Rising Mama is a brand that serves mothers and families through Reiki energy healing services, body positive yoga instruction, and supportive doula services.

Desiree Israel, is a licensed social worker, therapist, consultant and trained birthworker specializing in perinatal mental health and the Black birthing experience. She is a founder of the Bloom Collective.

Samantha Master, is a Black, queer, feminist activist, advocate, and educator. Her work at the intersections of racial, gender and LGBTQ justice has been chronicled in several publications. Her current work focuses on the “Mama’s Bail Out” Initiative.  


The Bloom Collective was founded in 2018 by five Black birthworkers, all rooted in the values of reproductive justice, birth justice, holistic health care and wellness, and the belief that individuals and families can bloom and thrive with the support of a nurturing village.

The space can be rented for community events, classes and workshops.


May 22
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


The Bloom Collective
2000 Greenmount Ave
Baltimore, 21218 United States


Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle