Gloria Elaine White-Hammond

My Sister’s Keeper

Gloria E. White-Hammond has been the Co-Pastor of Bethel AME Church in Boston since 1997 and a pediatrician at the South End Community Health Center since 1981. Dr. White-Hammond has a long history of involvement in community service. She 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. The project, which began in 1994 with four girls, now serves over 200 young women through small groups in two Boston public schools, two juvenile detention facilities in Boston and on site at Bethel AME Church. In 2003, Dr. White-Hammond became the co-convener of “The Red Tent Group” with Rabbi Elaine Zecher of Temple Israel, which brings together Christian and Jewish women for small group Torah/Bible study. 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, Cóte D’Ivoire and South Africa. Since 2001 Dr. White-Hammond 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, Dr. White-Hammond traveled into Darfur, western Sudan, to listen and learn from female victims of genocide in Internally Displaced Persons camps. She recently served as the national chairperson of the Million Voices for Darfur campaign and is the co-founder of the Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur.