Death by Delivery
February 20, 2018
NYU Washington, DC in partnership with The March on Washington Film Festival and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America presented a special screening and panel discussion of the film, Death by Delivery, a Fusion documentary about the staggering rate of maternal mortality for Black women.
Fusion TV marked International Women’s Day this year with Death by Delivery, a searing portrait of the cost of racism in America. The film portrays what Fusion’s Nelufar Hedayat found while reporting on this systemic problem affecting black women across the country.
Alencia Johnson is the Director of Constituency Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Named to EBONY Magazine’s “Power 100” list of influential African Americans and PRWeek’s “40 Under 40” list, Alencia Johnson is a strategic communications and media professional with corporate, political and non-profit experience. In 2012, Alencia served on the campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama (Obama for America) at its headquarters in Chicago, IL, where she developed and implemented media strategies for African American surrogates on national and local television and radio.
Before joining Obama for America, Alencia was part of the corporate communications team at GEICO Insurance, where she implemented strategic corporate communications campaigns as well as trained corporate associates and senior management on workplace diversity and leadership practices. A native of Virginia, Alencia received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Leadership Studies from Christopher Newport University and studied abroad at Shanghai Normal University.
Mimi Spalding is a Policy Analyst at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, where her work focuses on Medicaid, maternal health, and contraceptive equity. Prior to joining PPFA, Mimi was a Staff Attorney at the National Health Law Program; Director of Public Policy at Physicians for Reproductive Health; and an If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellow at the Black Women’s Health Imperative. Mimi is a board member of Catholics for Choice. In 2014 she was honored by PPFA as one of its 98 Dream Keepers. She received three degrees from the University of Arizona: a B.S. in Family Studies and Human Development with a minor in African American Studies, a M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health, and a J.D.
Nicole Moore is the Director of Communications at Lady Parts Justice League, a national reproductive rights organization based in New York City that uses comedy, culture and digital media to sound an alarm on the terrifying erosion of reproductive access and to advocate for independent abortion providers. Nicole is responsible for connecting the dots of media relations, partnerships, social media, and content strategy to increase the organization’s visibility, strengthen its identity, and enhance overall program credibility. In her role she has secured press at a number of wide-ranging organizations including O Magazine, Teen Vogue, Colorlines, and MSNBC and led partnerships with AfroPunk, Novo Foundation, and Advocates for Youth, among others. A freelance writer on the side, Nicole has been published in The Village Voice, Bust, Vogue.com, HuffPost, and Ebony. Her blog, theHotness.com, plays host to her many rants, raves, and reviews centering women of color, media representation, pop culture, and feminism. Nicole graduated from Williams College with honors.
The March on Washington Film Festival was founded in 2013 in Washington, DC to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The inaugural festival attracted over 1,000 attendees to ten events over the span of two weeks at venues across Washington DC.
The flagship festival is held every July in Washington, DC and serves as a national platform to tell, celebrate, and increase awareness of the untold events and heroes, known and unsung, of the Civil Rights Movement. The Festival uses film screenings as a platform for panel discussions featuring filmmakers, academics, and activists and brings together an audience that is diverse in age, class, and ethnicity.
Over the years, the Festival has proven to be a successful civil rights legacy project: connecting with tens of thousands of attendees, attracting celebrities like Diahann Carroll, 9th Wonder, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and prominently highlighting Civil Rights legends like Dorie Ladner, Judge Damon Keith, and many more.
Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of people worldwide.