A Celebration of Black Kin Conference

This inaugural Black Maternal Health Week Conference, A Celebration of Black Kin, will take place April 11-17 of this year, during Black Maternal Health Week and primarily virtually, to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Creating a virtual conference has the benefit of being accessible to a wide audience of people across the state and nation who want to learn more.


Unlike any conference that’s taken place in Iowa, this event will celebrate community expertise and uplift joyful stories of reproductive health for Black people in Iowa. This event centers folks across the African diaspora, of any gender and sexuality, with a range of abilities and bodies, and welcomes anyone who is interested in reproductive justice issues to attend.


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Speaker applications are open! People most affected by an issue are the people who should be active participants and leaders in cultivating solutions. There is great wisdom in our own community that deserves to be shared. If you have a great idea, discussion, story, or lesson about reproductive health we want to hear it! We are accepting applications from folks of any background, in any format, on a wide range of topics. If you have an idea please apply! The planning committee has also made space to support speakers with their presentations and facilitation skills if that’s something you need. Speakers will be paid for their expertise! #BlackKinDSM conference

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