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Community Class: Black Maternal Health and the History of Eugenics in North Carolina

Friday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. via Zoom

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Presenter: Dr. Kimberly C. Harper, Assistant Professor, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

In this session of Community Class, a new series for educators, students, and community members at large, Harper will reveal that the current Black maternal health crisis is not a new issue, but rather that it ties back to America’s history with chattel slavery. Through the lens of North Carolina’s eugenics movement—a state-led movement that provided for sterilization as birth control from 1933 to 1973—and medical segregation, she will examine reproductive justice in contemporary society. This program was originally scheduled as part of the African American Cultural Celebration but did not run due to technical difficulties; parental discretion is advised with younger participants.

Harper has taught at the postsecondary level for 16 years and also researches and writes about social justice, race, and ethos within technical and professional communication, as well as the rhetoric of maternal health and hip-hop discourse. She hosts The Space of Grace, a monthly podcast that focuses on reproductive justice and Black maternal health, and has most recently published The Ethos of Black Motherhood in America (Lexington Books, 2020).