Our weekly #Activate vlog series uses clips from Educe® online courses to illuminate the truth behind the cultural battles of today (and tomorrow) and move Christians from education to action in their communities, churches, and circles of influence.
In the 1960s, many in the Black Power movement began exposing the eugenic roots of Planned Parenthood and the destructive results of government-funded birth control and sterilization programs in the Black community. Besides devising ways to move these programs from voluntary to mandatory, Planned Parenthood president Dr. Alan Guttmacher and executive director Frederick Jaffe spent the majority of the decade doing damage control. Planned Parenthood even helped resurrect Margaret Sanger’s Negro Project in New Orleans to once again use Black leaders and pastors to convince the community that birth control was not eugenic, but the way up and out of oppression. By the 1970s, the chorus calling birth control, sterilization, and now abortion “Black genocide” had grown to include prominent political and spiritual leadership, including the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus, and Rev. Jesse Jackson. My, how times have changed…
So what happened? How were the roots (eugenics) separated from the fruits (birth control and abortion)?
This week’s online course clip introduces the very powerful group that successfully shifted the conversation from genocide to liberation—a group that still actively does so today.
This course excerpt is from Session 5: Deterioration, which focuses on the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. It’s part of our Foundations online curriculum.
Today’s bold voices
If you’d like to learn more about the history of birth control and abortion in the Black community and the devastating impact it’s had, listen to the voices who are continuing to expose this critical truth:
- Catherine Davis and the Restoration Project’s Enough campaign
- Rev. Walter B. Hoye II and the Issues4Life Foundation’s Conflict of Interest series
- Ryan Bomberger and the Radiance Foundation’s billboard campaigns
- Star Parker and the Center for Urban Renewal and Education’s Black Community News
- Pastor Clenard Childress and L.E.A.R.N.’s website BlackGenocide.org
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