Anarcha, Lucy, Betsey

Day of Reckoning Conference

February 27 - March 1, 2022

Montgomery, AL

Continuing Education Units provided by Alabama State University


The Conference

This inaugural conference will provide
an opportunity for doulas, midwives, and medical practitioners
to learn about the ways to change the narrative in
race in healthcare disparities. The conference will include a discussion of the history of gynecology, a tour of Anarcha’s life in Montgomery, new perspectives on destroying Medical Bondage in healthcare today and a grand opening
celebration of The Mothers of Gynecology Monument Park
at The More Up Campus.


Tickets: $49.99


  • Access to all Speaker Events on 2/28 & 3/1 with the exception of the J.C. Hallman event at 2:40 pm on 2/28 - this event will be broadcast live on Facebook

  • Virtual link will be emailed to you on the evening of your purchase date.


Sponsorship Opportunities here

FEBRUARY 27, 2022

Historic Five Points Fire Station -
400 Mobile Street, Montgomery, AL

6:00 - 8:00 pm - Welcome Reception
Guest Registration :: Light Dinner :: Live Music
Outdoor ventilation and masks required
More Than Tours Trolley Shuttle hotel pickups from 5:00 - 5:30 pm for guests staying at the Embassay Suites and Staybridge Suites hotels. Trolley Shuttle hotel drop-offs from 8:00 - 8:30 pm.

FEBRUARY 28, 2022

Old Ship A.M.E. Zion Church - 483 Holcombe Street

8:30 am -- 9:00 am: Shuttle bus hotel pickups at the Embassy Suites & Staybridge Suites

9:00 am -- Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - Welcome
Michelle Browder
Joseph Trimble The History Old Ship AME

9:20 am -- Professor Deleso Alford

9:45 am -- Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, Author of Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology

10:30 am -- Dr. Veronica Maria Pimentel, OBGYN

10:50 am - 10 minute break

11:00 am -- Kenya Jackson-Saulters: Let’s Be Clear, Grounding and Self Care

11:20 am - Ce Anderson, Therapist: Generational Trauma and Women's Health

11:40 am -- Q and A Panel Discussion
Changing the Narrative in Healthcare
Author Deirdre Cooper Owens, Dr. Veronica Maria Pimentel, Professor Deleso Alford

12:00 pm -- Lunch Chat and Chew
History of Old Ship AME Zion, Joseph Trimble and J.C. Hallman

1:15 pm -- The Gathering with Richard Bailey
Walk from Old Ship A.M.E. to the More Up Campus 1/3 block

1:30 pm -- Grand Opening Ceremony: Tour of the Campus and The Mothers of Gynecology Parade.
Walk to the Mothers Corner Monument

1:45 pm - Ceremony invited Speakers and Guests

2:40 pm -- 4:30 pm Lead by Michelle Browder
Author J.C. Hallman
Michelle Summers
Healing Radical Optimist Collective

Join us for a 2-hour tour. Light walking required. Buses provided. We will journey to the hospital where J. Marion Sims performed experiments on enslaved African women.. There we will meet Author  J.C. Hallman who will give an in-depth account of his research of Anarcha, Lucy and Betsey's time at the Negro Hospital.

J.C. Hallman
J.C. Hallman is the author of six books, and the recipient of fellowships from the McKnight and Guggenheim foundations. In 2017, his cover piece for Harper's magazine, "Monumental Error," contributed to New York City's decision to remove the Central Park monument to Dr. J. Marion Sims.
In 2015, Hallman unearthed the first evidence ever found of Anarcha's existence that did not come from Sims's suspect writings. Since then, he has tracked Anarcha’s life story, from the plantation where she was born to the lonely forest where she is buried. His book, The Anarcha Quest: A Story of Slavery and Surgery, will appear in 2022.

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5:00 pm - Hampton Inn & Staybridge Suites hotel drop off after the tour

Dinner on your own

MARCH 1, 2022

Old Ship A.M.E. Zion Church - 483 Holcombe Street

8:30 am -- 9:00 am: Shuttle bus hotel pickups at the Embassy Suites & Staybridge Suites

9:00 am -- Continental Breakfast

9:10 am -- Welcome: Michelle Browder, Moving Forward Women’s History Month

9:20 am -- Kenya Jackson-Saulters: Let’s Be Clear, Grounding and Self Care

9:40 am - Dr. Cordelia Stearns, MAO Clinic: Advance Health Care for Women HIV and Beyond

10:15 am -- Dr. Tiffany Taft: From Grief into Passion for Life: A Doula’s Journey

10:35 am -- C.J. Johnson 4 Kira 4 Moms
--Kira Johnson Story
--Changing Policy in Maternal Health Care

11:05 am -- Closing: Reflection Radical Optimists Collective

12:00 pm -- Lunch Grab and Go
Trolley will be available to transport guests to airport departures and hotel.


Tickets: $49.99


  • Access to all Speaker Events on 2/28 & 3/1 with the exception of the J.C. Hallman event at 2:40 pm on 2/28 - this event will be broadcast live on Facebook

  • Virtual link will be emailed to you on the evening of your purchase date.

Speaker Bios

Charles Johnson, Founder 4Kira4moms

Charles Johnson has suffered an unimaginable tragedy that strikes too many families – and has made it his life’s mission to save others from the same fate.

In April 2016 Charles’ healthy and full-of--life wife, Kira, gave birth to their second beautiful child. But Kira immediately began struggling in ways that the hospital staff could not explain, even as Charles watched and implored the staff that something was horribly wrong. Kira died within hours.

Charles was understandably overcome by grief – grief that turned into outrage. He channeled his pain and his passion into founding a nonprofit, 4Kira4Moms, that is dedicated to changing systems to better prevent birth-related deaths. 4Kira4Moms advocates for improved maternal health policies and regulations; educates the public about the impact of maternal mortality in communities; provides peer support to victims’ family and friends; and promotes discussion of maternal mortality as a human rights issue.

Charles has shared his story and advocated for change through countless live events and media appearances all over the country, including at the March for Moms rally in Washington, D.C., last year. Last September he testified before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health about the need to pass the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2017 – which, as you know, was indeed passed by Congress and signed into law.

When he is not advocating to improve maternal health practices, Charles is busy raising his two sons, Charles V and Langston.


Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens

Deirdre Cooper Owens, an award-winning historian and popular public speaker, is the Charles and Linda Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine and Director of the Humanities in Medicine Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In this position, Dr. Cooper Owens is one of two Black women in the U.S. running a medical humanities program. Dr. Cooper Owens is also the Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the country's oldest cultural institution. 

In her new award-winning book, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology, historian Deirdre Cooper Owens describes the experimental work of early American gynecologists, including Dr. James Marion Sims, “the father of modern gynecology.” Beginning in 1844, Sims famously performed his experiments on enslaved women in Alabama, including Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsy, who he leased for the purpose of gynecological experimentation. Repeatedly performing his crude experiments without any form of anesthesia as he attempted to be the first to repair vesico-vaginal fistulae.


Dr. Veronica Pimentel

Dr. Pimentel is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist, fellowship-trained in Maternal-Fetal Medicine.  She is a practicing physician in Hartford, Connecticut and and an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

She combines her passion for medicine, health advocacy and social empowerment in her writing.  Her work has been featured in Hartford Courant, Huffington Post, and

Dr. Pimentel is a rising community leader and budding philanthropist.  She is the founder of Cape-Verdean – American Medical Alliance (CV-AMA) and Cape Verdeans to Know (CV2Know).

Ce Anderson

Ce Anderson, M.S., L.P.C is a Licensed therapist, advocate, & speaker, is dedicated to educating and empowering others specifically in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault and wellness.


Ce holds a B.S. in Psychology from Howard University and a M.S. degree in Counseling & Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health from Troy University, where she was inducted into Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society for professional counselors.


Dr. Tiffany Taft

Sacred Soul Wellness is an Integrative Health & Wellness Natural Care Center & Lifestyle brand focused on Intentional Living and balance of the Mind, Body, and Soul.​

Established in 2004 and over 17 years in health and wellness, our vision for a well community and world is what fuels our mission to heal, inspire, and equip individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices. We host exciting classes, educational courses, and provide expert services for those who are intentional about living well thriving. 


Professor Deleso Alford

Professor Deleso A. Alford is a Shreveport, Louisiana native doing ground-breaking work bridging legal and medical education by telling stories—what she refers to as "HER stories"—the unique and particularized lived experiences of black women intersecting with health care and research. She has moved her scholarship into classrooms, benefiting both law and medical students with her racially inflected lessons. 


Deleso is author of A Call for Medical Students to Learn the Full Story about the “Father of Gynecology” Clinical Trials and Human Subjects Research, Hastings Bioethics Forum, Health and Health Care.


Michelle Browder

For 30 years, Michelle has been an advocate and activist for the at-risk and marginalized. Her heart is especially tender toward disenfranchised youth.

She noticed that young people needed someone to listen, encourage, and provide a safe space for them. She created a place that immersed students in history, "real talk," spoken word and visual art. This experience birthed an arts-centered diversion program that was used by juvenile detention centers in Alabama and Georgia.

In the spring of 2012, Michelle and a group of chaperones took 56 students to Washington, DC to see Attorney Bryan Stevenson argue a case before the United States Supreme Court. The case focused on the constitutionality of youth being sentenced to death in prison. This encounter changed both the students’ and Michelle’s lives exponentially and birthed the I Am More Than Youth Empowerment Initiative. This initiative expanded into a non-profit that hosted community conversations, arts-centered programs for

schools and youth-led conferences.

Michelle owns and operates More Than Tours, a social enterprise that provides educational and interactive tours to students and tourists exposing the rich and sometimes haunting history of Montgomery, Alabama. More Than Tours has bridged the racial divide by reaching nearly 10,000 students and tourists.


Dr. Cordelia Stearns

Dr. Cordelia R. Stearns is an internist in Montgomery, Alabama and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Highland Hospital and Baptist Medical Center South. She received her medical degree from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and has been in practice between 6-10 years.


Kenya Jackson-Saulters, MS

Master workshop facilitator, Kenya Jackson-Saulters, MS, is a five-time published self-help author, certified spiritual coach and reiki master. With a formal background in psychology and nonprofit management. Kenya has always been drawn to the self-help industry, particularly areas that empower women. Most recently, Kenya has married her love for writing, spirituality, and mental health to help women pursue their passions in a healthy sustainable way.

In 2015, Kenya along with partner Michelle, blended the health benefits of exercise, meditation and writing to form a custom personal development experience for women called The Outdoor Journal Tour. The Outdoor Journal Tour uses each of the aforementioned elements to provide clarity, healing, and connection for participants.

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