Art Exhibition News

The Call and Response: A Narrative of Reverence for our Foremothers in Gynecology art exhibition is co-sponsored by Resilient Sisterhood Project (RSP) and Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research. The exhibition is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 to 4 p.m. until October 31st, 2023, at the Hutchins Center at 104 Mt. Auburn St in Cambridge, MA.

8/14/2023 This article from the Boston Globe, by Globe staff member Zeina Mohammed, discusses the art exhibition Call and Response: A Narrative of Reverence for our Foremothers in Gynecology and the impact it is having on Black physicians and other medical professionals and students who have attended tours given by Lilly Marcelin and Dell Marie Hamilton.

4/25/2023 – An article written by Makayla I. Gathers discusses the art exhibition, Call and Response: A Narrative of Reverence for our Foremothers in Gynecology, which features the work of five artists including Jules Arthur, whose paintings were commissioned by Resilient Sisterhood Project.

3/30/2023 – In an interview for WGBH’s Morning Edition, Paris Alston and Jeremy Siegel explore the art exhibition Call and Response: A Narrative of Reverence for our Foremothers in Gynecology by asking questions of well-known artist Jules Arthur; Harvard’s Hutchins Center Curator Dell M. Hamilton; and Lilly Marcelin, Founder and Executive Director of Resilient Sisterhood Project.

3/30/2023 – In an article for the Harvard Gazette, staff writer Nikki Rojas talks to Lilly Marcelin, Founder and Executive Director of Resilient Sisterhood Project and Dell Marie Hamilton, artist and curator at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center about the art exhibition Call and Response: A Narrative of Reverence for our Foremothers in Gynecology.

Other News

5/3/2023 – The New England Revolution’s collaborative Fund, C.H.A.N.G.E (Converse, Help, Amplify, Nurture, Galvanize, Educate), announces a $10,000 donation to RSP. We’re excited for this new partnership and look forward to a future of collaboration with this amazing group.

4/26/2023 - We are so proud to announce that our Program Manager, Aleyana Momplaisir, was featured in an article by Beth Treffeisen for creating a beautiful work of art called [Year Here] that will soon line the Boston Northeastern Tunnels along with artwork from six other artists.

Aleyana is a graduate of Northeastern University, where she studied Political Science. Because of her personal experiences and work at the Resilient Sisterhood Project, Aleyana is passionate about how Black women are treated in the American healthcare system and continues to understand the impact government policies have on access to supportive, conducive care. Aside from the U.S. government and reproductive health, Aleyana has several interests, including language learning, visual arts, housing and education, and development in Caribbean nations. As she learns more about government and public health, Aleyana hopes to incorporate visual arts to share crucial information and messages through different media forms.

Aleyana describes the artwork as offering “an interpretation of a post-climate crisis world and centers on a community impacted by the ongoing problem. Black communities in the United States are disproportionately more vulnerable to floods, air pollution exacerbated by climate change, and toxic chemicals in their personal care products. A consequence of the climate crisis is the lack of opportunities for people of all ages to experience a more carefree lifestyle, which inspired the more mundane actions in the artwork.”

4/21/2023 – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) Office on Women’s Health (OWH) announces that a collaborative project by Silent Spring Institute and Resilient Sisterhood Project was among the winners of Phase 1 of the HHS Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals (EDC) Innovator Award Competition. The project is called Product Options in Women-Engaged Research (POWER) Project, and it was designed to empower Black communities to reduce exposures to toxic chemicals from consumer product use. POWER disseminates content on chemicals of health concern in consumer products to increase awareness and support behavioral change. This program has shared information on EDC exposures with thousands of mostly Black women and had their content viewed by more than 100,000 accounts, liked by nearly 10,000 accounts, and shared more than 1,700 times.

4/17/2023 – The Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research (CHEER) announces their CHEER Champion of the Week: Lilly Marcelin, Founder and Executive Director of the Resilient Sisterhood Project. The CHEER Champion of the week recognizes individuals for “their wonderful work to promote and protect breastfeeding and maternal-child health.”

4/13/2023 - We are beyond proud to introduce you to one of our board members, Liseli A. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., who conducted this TEDx Talk on empowerment. Liseli is a Trinidadian poet and professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College, MA. In 2018, Fitzpatrick made history as the inaugural Ph.D. in African American and African Studies (AAAS) at The Ohio State University (OSU). Fitzpatrick's life's work is rooted in emancipatory and empowering principles and practices. By sacrificially placing herself within the walls of western institutions of learning, Fitzpatrick consciously sets out to undo the perils of miseducation and injustice by diversifying, humanizing, and harmonizing the tone, content, and complexion of the curriculum. She is a member of several committees, organizations, and sisterhoods including the Wintergreen Women Writers' Collective, Ile Ase, and Ohemma Ku. Fitzpatrick is a 2022-2023 HistoryMakers Faculty Fellow and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Resilient Sisterhood Project (RSP), Boston, MA.

She describes the talk as an indigenous, redemptive, restorative, revolutionary, and expansive (re)definition and understanding of power - one that is deeply rooted in and thrives on the natural laws of nature, truth, equity, unity in diversity, harmony, compassion, and love. Intrinsic power. Power that creates, grounds, generates, transforms, enlightens, nourishes, and liberates. Life-giving, embodied power. She sparks inspiration - to seed and not concede power - to turn inwardly and tap into our innate power in the cultivation of a strong and conscious sense of self and community. Ultimately, to co-create a world that is equitable, compassionate, symphonic, and breathable for all!

7/22/2022 - Dr. Nyia L. Noel, MD, MPH discusses racial disparities in fibroid care and treatment and highlights her collaboration with local community organizations, including RSP and The White Dress Project.

4/6/2022 - An article from the Environmental Defense Fund discusses the impacts of toxic chemicals found in common personal care products and calls for more 'clean beauty' efforts for women of color.

3/21/2022 - NBC News interviews RSP's Board Member, Sara Harris, in regards to one Black Woman's experience with uterine fibroids.

Sara Harris, now Sara Case, is a member of the Resilient Sisterhood Project's Board of Directors and a champion for reproductive justice and health equity. She is a medical student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine where she plans to combine her passion for public health with clinical practice. Prior to medical school, her career focused on advancing access to reproductive health care through health policy and community interventions. She most recently held the position of Director of Federal Policy and Advocacy for Upstream USA where she led policy campaigns to improve access to patient-centered contraceptive care. Sara holds a Master of Science in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis. 

4/7/2022 – BNC news anchor Najahe Sherman interviews RSP board member Sara Harris to discuss the causes and impacts of infertility in Black women. They touch upon fertility stereotypes and “weathering,” a theory about how environmental and social stress may be contributing to reproductive health diseases and conditions such as infertility and maternal health outcomes in the Black community.

2/4/2022 - Denver7 News spotlights Black Women and normalizing conversations surrounding infertility. RSP's Founder and Executive Director, Lilly Marcelin, speaks about many Black Women's experiences while seeking treatment.