" Informed decision-making was not an option for the enslaved women J. Marion Sims ruthlessly experimented on. But Michelle Browder is trying to subvert the narrative that elevated Sims to be 'the father of gynecology.' "
"Michelle Browder never thought she’d run a tour company in Montgomery, Alabama. But as an outgrowth of her youth-based nonprofit, I Am More Than, she found herself constantly showing people the civil rights landmarks of her adopted city. "
"The mural – part of the SPLC’s ongoing effort to partner with members of the communities it serves – was designed by Browder, whose art has been displayed at the Rosa Parks Museum in downtown Montgomery and in galleries around the world. She also leads I Am More Than... "
"On the tour, Browder, with her signature bright red glasses, takes visitors to the Brick a Day Church, where the Freedom Riders sought refuge in 1961 from an angry white mob. She goes to the city’s riverfront and provides a more honest history of slavery than the public marker there reveals."
"The annual event, which featured live music and art curated by the King's Canvas, centered on the legacy of three little-known women whose fate had an outsize impact on modern medicine: Anarcha, Lucy and Betsey. The artist and nonprofit director is leading a campaign to memorialize the women with the installation of a public art piece on her Mildred Street More Up campus."
"On the morning of June 19 — Juneteenth — a Black Lives Matter art project was unveiled around the Court Square fountain in downtown Montgomery, Alabama, the site of the city’s former slave market.
The circular mural was produced by the I Am More Than youth initiative. with the collaboration of community volunteers, the nonprofits King’s Canvas Gallery and Studio and 21 Dreams Arts & Culture. The project won the enthusiastic support of Montgomery’s first black mayor, Steven Reed."
"No longer will J. Marion Sims stand atop Montgomery outside the Capitol without Anarcha, Lucy and Betsey, three enslaved woman he operated on, standing tall upon their own pedestal. The women will finally get a monument dedicated to them and to the pain and suffering they endured under Sim's knife all without consent or anesthesia. Many physicians, including Sims, believed Black men and women didn’t experience pain the way whites did."