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Day of Reckoning Conference

February 27 - March 1, 2022

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.


Early Bird Tickets: $135.00
Starting January 1, 2022, tickets are $165.00


  • Access to all Speaker Events

  • Dinner Sunday Evening

  • Breakfast & Lunch on Monday & Tuesday

  • Hotel Transportation to the Venue

  • A 2-hour Historical Tour of Montgomery



The More Up Campus - 17 Mildred Street

6:00 - 8:00 pm Dinner at the site of the Mothers of Gynecology Monument


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

8:30 am -- Shuttle bus hotel pickups at the Hampton Inn & Staybridge Suites

9:00 am -- Continental Breakfast

9:30 am -- Welcome Grounding Introduction

10:00 am -- Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology in the Main Sanctuary

10:50 am -- 10 minute break

11:00 am -- Generational Trauma and Women's Health 1619 to Present with Dr. Ce Anderson

11:15 am -- Mother Wit: The Art of Birthing Doublas and Midwifery with Dr. Tiffany Taft

12:00 pm -- Lunch

1:15 pm -- Walk from Old Ship A.M.E. to the More Up Campus

1:30 pm -- Grand Opening Ceremony: Tour of the Campus and The Mothers of Gynecology Monument with Dr. Veronica Pimentel speaking on Modern Day Gynecology

3:00 pm -- Join us for a 2-hour tour featuring Anarcha, Lucy and Betsey's journey in Montgomery with Michelle Browder. We will travel from Indigenous land to the enslavement of over 435,000 African people. We will journey to the slave auction block and recount Civil War and civil rights history leading us 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.

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

Dinner on your own


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

8:30 am -- Shuttle bus hotel pickups at the Hampton Inn & Staybridge Suites

9:00 am -- Continental Breakfast

9:30 am -- Opening Grounding Radical Optimist

9:40 am -- Professor Deleso Alford, Southern University

10:00 am -- Changing Narratives: Art, History, and The Law Momni Bus Act with Congresswoman Terri Sewell

11:00 am -- HIV Maternal Health Crisis: Reproductive Justice with Dr. Cordelia Stearns, MAOI

11:30 am -- Self Care Practices with Geneva Watford

11:50 am -- Closing with Michelle Browder

12:00 pm -- Boxed Lunches

Early Bird Tickets: $135.00
Starting January 1, 2022, tickets are $165.00


  • Access to all Speaker Events

  • Dinner Sunday Evening

  • Breakfast & Lunch on Monday & Tuesday

  • Hotel Transportation to the Venue

  • A 2-hour Historical Tour of Montgomery

Speaker Bios

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 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).

Dr. 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.


Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell is in her sixth term representing Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. She is one of the first women elected to Congress from Alabama in her own right and is the first black woman to ever serve in the Alabama Congressional delegation.

Congresswoman Sewell sits on the exclusive House Ways and Means Committee and brings to the committee her more than 15 years of experience as a securities and public finance attorney.  Currently, in the 117th Congress, she serves as a member of the House Ways & Means Committee where she sits on three subcommittees: the Subcommittee on Health; the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures; and the Subcommittee on Social Security.


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.


Conference Hotels

Staybridge Suites
275 Lee Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Book your group rate of $129.00 per night here
Available for the dates of Feb. 26 - Mar. 1, 2022.
Please choose your room type, confirm with a credit card and you'll receive your confirmation number.

Hampton Inn Downtown
100 Commerce Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Book your group rate of $139.00 per night with the code: More Than Tours.



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