The Role of Black Nurse Activists in Improving the Health of St. Louis

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us on February 17 for a panel discussion on the role of St. Louis-area Black nurse activists moderated by Wilma Calvert, UMSL associate professor of nursing, and AJ Medlock, SHSMO senior archivist. Presented in partnership with the Black Nurses Association of Greater St. Louis, panelists will discuss the closing of Homer G. Phillips Hospital in the 1970s, the 2014 Ferguson protests, and modern efforts to improve Black maternal and infant mortality and morbidity.

Panelist Shuron Jones is a history instructor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) and a PhD candidate at St. Louis University. Jones will discuss the 1970s work of nurse Zenobia Thompson in opposing the closure of Homer G. Phillips Hospital by the City of St. Louis. Opened in 1937, Homer G. Phillips Hospital served the Black population in the St. Louis area. Despite the hospital’s success in training new medical professionals and developing new medical techniques, it was abruptly closed in 1979 leading to protest from the community it served.

Panelist Brittany Ferrell is a registered nurse, activist, and UMSL College of Nursing graduate. Guided by her participation in the 2014 Ferguson protests and her time as a labor and delivery nurse, Ferrell will discuss her current work to improve outcomes of Black maternal and infant health. Her latest project is the documentary You Lucky You Got A Mama which chronicles the pregnancy and childbirth experiences of Black female, trans, and gender-fluid people from all over the US.

Online and free, registration required.