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Sun, Oct 09


Cotton Club Museum & Cultural Center

Powerful Doctoring Women - Healing Bodies, Saving Lives, Nurturing Generations

Grannies and midwives were powerful "doctoring women" who provided the foundation of health care for enslaved African Americans in Florida. Listen, learn, taste, smell and touch as you learn about the practices of these powerful women in Florida's history.

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Powerful Doctoring Women - Healing Bodies, Saving Lives, Nurturing Generations
Powerful Doctoring Women - Healing Bodies, Saving Lives, Nurturing Generations

Time & Location

Oct 09, 2022, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Cotton Club Museum & Cultural Center, 837 SE 7th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601, USA


About the event

Martha R. Bireda, Ph.D. is Director of the Blanchard House Museum of African American History and Culture located in Punta Gorda, FL. For over 30 years, Dr. Bireda has consulted, lectured and written about social issues realted to race, gender, class, power and culture. Dr. Bireda's articles explore and examine critical issues past and present that impact our global society. She beleives that awareness and recognition of the universality of social issues can contribure to the resolution of problems that affect all societies and confirm our human connectivity.

Dr. Bireda received a MA in Speech Pathology from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Counselor Education from the University of Florida. She has sites on Facebook and Twitter. She will resume her blog, Pearl's Wisdom, about the experiences of an enslaved midwife, a major character in The Womb Rebellion, in the fall.

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  • Let’s Celebrate – Opening Gala,
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  • Gospel Extravaganza,
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  • Black Music Month and Soul Food Festival,June 8, 2019

  • Juneteenth Breakfast,
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  • Opening Reception – Jazz Age, African Americans in the Performing Arts Exhibit,
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  • Reception – Virtual Reality Harlem Renaissance Exhibit,
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  • Storytelling with Gainesville’s Pioneer Communities, December 2, 2019

  • Families That Sing Together, December 14, 2019

  • Ujamaa – Children’s Kwanzaa Program,
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  • Jazz Age Coming Alive Movie Night,
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  • Words Matter- Stories Poetically Told, January 26, 2020

  • Reception - Roots and Light – Black Artists in Gainesville Exhibit,
    February 22, 2020

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