Black Breastfeeding Week Events
10:00AM – 12:00PM: Community Baby Shower
The Community Baby Shower is for expectant parents, grandparents, and foster parents. Local vendors will offer gifts to all attendees and medical experts will be present to answer questions related to pregnancy, breastfeeding, and the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine.
12:30PM – 1:30PM: Literary Lunch Lounge with Miquilaue Young
The author of “Mama Says Homebirth”, Miquilaue Young, will speak about the importance of taking control of your birthing process. This event will be hosted by Tonisha Kimble, owner of Wow Book and Toy Store. Food and free copies of “Mama Says Homebirth” will be provided.
2:00PM – 3:30PM: In-Person and Virtual Conversation with Andrea Freeman
Andrea Freeman, author of Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice, will speak about factors that routinely deny Black women the ability to choose how to feed their babies. This event will be hosted by Tonisha Kimble, owner of Wow Book and Toy Store. The conversation will be followed up by a panel discussion with healthcare professionals, local social justice leaders, and public health professionals.
Free copies of Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice will be provided. Register for the virtual conversation here.
4:00PM – 6:00PM: Interview with Natasha Tretheway
Former Mississippi and United States Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway will speak about her book, Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir, and speak about the distrust Black women have nationwide with healthcare systems. This event will be hosted by Tonisha Kimble, owner of Wow Book and Toy Store. Free copies of Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir will be provided.
6:00PM – 8:00 PM: Reflection and Reclamation Reception
The reception will feature spoken word and live stories of Black women’s experience with breastfeeding from local artists and mothers on the Gulf Coast. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their “hopes, dreams, and wishes” for Black mothers and families on the Gulf Coast. Refreshments will be provided.