(MEMPHIS) ON JUNE 25TH SisterReach will celebrate the leadership excellence of Black women in Memphis, TN working and living at the intersection of Reproductive Justice and social justice. In honor of the twelve Black women who coined the term and laid the foundation for the framework of Reproductive Justice in 1994, SisterReach has selected some of Memphis' most beloved servants who selflessly and tirelessly work to shift the trajectory of their own lives and the communities they serve.
"It is our honor and duty to take this time and recognize women in Memphis who before there was ever a SisterReach, they were here working - many without any pay or acknowledgement. Most without adequate resources to make the impact they know is critical to serve our communities. This is the commitment that Black women have always made for ourselves, our families, our communities and our country," says Cherisse Scott, founder and CEO of SisterReach.
"This awards ceremony will be held annually to recognize the continuous work and advocacy of women in our state. Next year, we plan to extend the honor to women of color as Reproductive Justice does not only represent Black women, but all women living and working on the margins. It is important to us that the initial celebration begins the way this movement began - by the expertise, discernment, and advisement of Black women who did not see themselves or their lived experiences as part of the lens when fighting for their human rights in main stream activism," said Scott.
The ceremony will be held this Saturday from 11am-2pm at The Renaissance in Memphis, TN. Special performance by Tonya Dyson and keynote address will be given by Tami Sawyer, Director of Diversity and Cultural Competency at Teach for America.
2016 Reproductive Justice at the Intersections Award Honorees