Black women will be the focus of the day for the first Annual Leaders In Black Maternal Health Awards Luncheon, to be held on April 11 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Photo Courtesy of Visit Baltimore)

By Aria Brent,
AFRO Staff

Baltimore Healthy Start is working with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture to host the first annual Leaders in Black Maternal Health Awards Luncheon. 

Through both art and education the two organizations plan to shine a light on the importance of health advocacy and the maternal health disparities experienced amongst women of color. In addition to this they will be recognizing extraordinary leaders in the maternal health arena. 

Executive Director of the Lewis Museum, Terri Freeman, spoke on the excitement surrounding the celebration taking place this upcoming Black Women’s History Month, celebrated internationally in April.

“We are so happy to be partnering on the Leaders in Maternal Health Award program.  There is a saying, ‘As go women, goes the world.’  I think we can be even more specific, ‘As go mothers, goes the world.’” said Freeman.  “The health of pregnant women is critical to the development of our children. We are thankful to the heroes and sheroes who make this their life’s work.” 

Tonya Lewis Lee will serve as the keynote speaker for the event and Ashley Etienne is going to be the mistress of ceremonies. Performances by Olu Butterfly Woods and LStringz Entertainment will take place along with a guest appearance from First Lady Dawn Moore. 

The celebration will take place during Black Maternal Health Week, on April 11 from 11am-3pm at the Lewis Museum.

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