• R.I.S.E. Center at St. Elizabeth's East (map)
  • 2730 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
  • Washington, DC, 20032
  • United States

public conversation about the connections between myths around black motherhood, state violence, domestic violence and gender policy.

The 1965 Moynihan Report pointed to the rise of single black mothers as an urban crisis. Fifty years later, the New York Post named a single mother "Mom of the Year" for publicly beating her child on live television during the Baltimore uprisings against state-sponsored violence. 

 What is the role of public shaming in communities of color? How have narratives about black motherhood shaped public policy in the past?  What kind of policies do we need for the future?  "The marginalization of a gendered political analysis of state violence de-prioritizes the work of developing community alternatives for safety, support, healing, and accountability from domestic violence, sexual violence, homophobic/transphobic violence, and other kinds of gender-based violence within our communities." Source: INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence 

#BlackMomsMatter Community Provocateurs include: Indira Henard, Director of Policy & Advocacy, DC Rape Crisis Center, Iris Jacob, Teaching for Change, Melani Douglass, Curator, Family Arts Museum, Dr. Jennifer Joyner-Hall, Judge Errol Arthur, Hip-Hip Momma Melissa "Princess" Best, Dr. Stacey Patton, Community Leader Brenda Jones, Poet Tony Keith and additional special guests. Visual art by Kate Deciccio

This is 2nd in an ongoing series of conversations on gender and public policy hosted by Natalie Hopkinson (Interactivity Foundation)  and Ronald "Mo" Moten (Eleutheria Institute). Co-sponsored by the Open Society Foundations. Moderated by Jessica Solomon of Art in Praxis. 

Refreshments provided by: Player's Lounge & Restaurant

Event Livestream provided by: WeActRadio

Childcare provided by DC Childcare Collective.