From Black Health & Wellness to Black Resistance


From Black Health & Wellness to Black Resistance

Date and Time

Thursday, February 2, 2023 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Event Type

Panel Discussion



The Black community has existed in a dual plane of celebrating its cultural richness while simultaneously pushing back against injustice and oppression. A panel of thought leaders and scholars will discuss the realities of wellness within the Black community and the continued legacy of Black resistance from the era of the Underground Railroad to today. In doing so, they transition from 2022's Black History Month theme of Black Health & Wellness to 2023's Black History Month theme of Black Resistance.

Black History Month's 2022 theme celebrated the contributions and breakthroughs of Black professionals and also spoke to the cultural richness of those "non-traditional" health and wellness practitioners.

The 2023 Black History Month theme explores how African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial massacres and police killings since the nation's earliest days.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Calisha Brooks, Psychologist and Mental Health Activist
  • Dr. Rodney Coates, Professor of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Global and International Studies at Miami University
  • Kymisha Montgomery, Community Gardens Coordinator for the Civic Garden Center
  • Dr. Marc Watkins, Chief Medical Officer for The Kroger Co.

Join us for a light fare reception at 6 p.m., followed by a discussion on Black Health & Wellness at 6:30 p.m. and Black Resistance at 7:30 p.m.

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This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required:

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