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This is an important initiative that we should all support and get behind,” tweeted rapper Common on April 17, in support of the first-ever Black Maternal Health Week.

From April 11-17, hundreds of people convened in venues across the country and took to social media to raise awareness about the disproportionate challenges that Black women face when bringing life into the world.

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“It was about highlighting for people the role of racism, discrimination, and unequal treatment in the variety of systems that influence our lives and how that impacts maternal health outcomes,” Elizabeth Dawes Gay, chair of the steering committee for Black Mamas Matter Alliance, told the AFRO.

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