The United States of America as a whole is at a crossroads. There’s gun violence, drugs, politics, religion, and the economy grabbing our attention. The next Black History Maker I would like to introduce has tackled all of those issues in her previous journalism career, but it’s what she’s doing NOW that will have the most impact on the history of African-Americans.
Kimberly Seals Allers has been serving the African-American community for years. She was senior editor at Essence Magazine and then went on to create MochaManual.com which is based on her first book, The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy. The book, which is a funny and informative look at the issues Black women face during pregnancy, was followed by The Mocha Manual to Military Life: A Savvy Guide for Wives, Girlfriends, and Female Service Members, and The Mocha Manual to Turning Your Passion into Profit: How to Find and Grow Your Side Hustle in Any Economy. Kimberly has used her website, speaking engagements and blogging to inform millions of Americans on how race effects our lives.
The newest venture for Kimberly was launched this month. After taking a very vested interest in the health of the black community with her Black Breastfeeding 360 website launch and content partnership with BlackDoctors.org you would think Ms. Seals Allers would have her hands full. No, not this history maker. She continues to push for healthy living for our children. As such she has recently launched a petition (which you can sign) to the governors of Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, all states that have poor support for mothers who choose to breastfeed. The lack of breastfeeding has been shown to create multiple health problems for all children, but in higher numbers for African-Americans, and Kimberly is seeking to not only get mothers to want to deliver this vital first food to the youngest among us, but for them to be supported in their endeavors with much more vested interest on a state and national level. Kimberly is actively saving lives by demanding that mothers who choose to feed their children with their own bodies be allowed to do it in an environment that is clean, healthy, and makes it a sustainable option so that mothers can enjoy their experience and therefore will feed their babies breast milk longer. (One day of breastfeeding is great, but the longer you give your child breast milk the more benefits they receive.)
Kimberly Seals Allers is definitely making Black History NOW. She is doing every thing possible to protect the rights of African-American mothers so that African-American children can be healthier. The healthier people are, the better they, too, can serve their communities, and that is definitely great for our history.