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Gloria White-Hammond

physician, minister, social activist

Rev. Dr. White-Hammond has been the co-pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston since 1997 and a pediatrician at the South End Community Health Center since 1981. She has a long history of involvement in community service. Rev. Dr. White-Hammond is the founder of and consultant to the church-based creative writing/mentoring ministry called "Do The Write Thing" for high-risk black adolescent females. In 2003, she became the co-convener of The Red Tent Group with Rabbi Elaine Zecher of Temple Israel, which brings together Christian women and Jewish women for small group Torah/Bible study. Rev. Dr. White-Hammond's work as a humanitarian has achieved global impact. She has worked as a medical missionary in several African countries including Botswana, Cote D'Ivoire and South Africa. Since 2001, she has made seven trips into war-torn southern Sudan where she has been involved in obtaining the freedom of 10,000 women and children who were enslaved during the two decades long civil war. In 2002 she co-founded My Sister's Keeper, a humanitarian women's group that partners with women of Sudan in their efforts toward reconciliation and reconstruction of their communities. My Sister's Keeper has developed two grinding mill projects and supports the Akon School for Girls in Gogrial County. In February 2005, Rev. Dr. White-Hammond traveled into Darfur, western Sudan to listen and learn from female victims of genocide in Internally Displaced Persons camps. She served as the National Chairperson of the Million Voices for Darfur campaign and is co-chair of the Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur. She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Boston University, a Doctorate of Medicine from Tufts Medical School and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School.