Activist and professor Angela Davis, actresses Jurnee Smollett and AJ Johnson, and singers Keri Hilson and Syleena Johnson are among 30 speakers who will help the Black Women’s Health Imperative celebrate its 38th anniversary this week. BWHI has invited these women and its founder, Byllye Avery, to discuss pressing health issues during virtual forums from Sunday through Aug. 1.

Topics include healthy lifestyles, mental health and emotional wellness, challenges within the LGBTQ community, maternal mortality, uterine fibroids, solutions to address health disparities and activism among young women.

Celebrating 38 Years of Health Activism
Linda Goler Blount runs the Black Women’s Health Imperative.

“While 2020 has been a year of unprecedented challenges, our commitment to supporting, empowering and educating Black women has remained the same as it’s always been for the past 38 years,” said Linda Goler Blount, BWHI president CEO.

“During this time of heightened awareness about issues impacting Black communities, we are excited to amplify the needs of Black women of all ages with the goal of mobilizing action for self-care and support for our work to uplift Black women.” 

“BWHI Anniversary Week: A Celebration of Life, Legacy and Service to Black Women” is free and open to the public.The schedule is available at