Toni Bond: "Loosening our Tongues: Black Women, Sexuality, and the Black Church"
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Open to the Public
Black women have been the backbone of the Black church. Yet, the Black church has played a pivotal role in promoting oppressive theological teachings that stigmatize reproductive and sexual freedom and bodily autonomy. Dr. Toni M. Bond will discuss the findings from her research about the reproductive and sexual experiences of Black Christian women and how oppressive theological teachings have impacted their lives.
About the Speaker
Dr. Toni M. Bond has been a social justice activist for over 30 years. She has worked specifically to elevate the voices of Black women around issues of reproductive and sexual health, rights, and justice. In 1994, Dr. Bond was one of the twelve Black women who gave birth to the concept of “Reproductive Justice,” creating a paradigm shift in how women of color would add their collective voices to the fight for reproductive autonomy and freedom. In 1996, she co-founded and led the first Black women’s reproductive and sexual justice organization in the country, Black Women for Reproductive Justice, which was based in Chicago, Illinois.