Rebekah Barber is an editorial fellow. Most recently, she wrote about racial justice, democracy and history for the Institute for Southern Studies. She was previously at Red Letter Christians and the Southern Poverty Law Center. She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and Duke University.
In Florida, these Black women see the fight for abortion access as part of a greater struggle for their safety
Advocacy coalition Black in Repro is training women to lobby legislators, educate their communities and build alliances.
Court rules mifepristone can remain available, but with tightened restrictions
The 5th Circuit ruled Wednesday that mifepristone, a pill used in medication abortions, can remain on the market. But restrictions in the ruling could present hurdles for abortion access.
The 19th Explains: Who will be most impacted by Medicaid changes — and when
Up to 15 million people — many of them children, pregnant and postpartum people — are expected to lose health care coverage after continuous enrollment ends, some as early as April 1.
North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Anita Earls and the power of dissent
As the state’s highest court prepares to rehear cases on voter ID and gerrymandering that it decided just last year, a Democratic justice brings her personal and professional lives to bear.
Fueled by family experiences with incarceration, Black Girls Rising seeks to close youth prisons in Louisiana
After seeing firsthand how the juvenile justice system affected their relatives, advocates are pushing for alternatives to youth incarceration and working to raise awareness.
‘We are all bound up together’: The 19th’s fellows on the life and legacy of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
On the anniversary of her passing, The 19th's fellows honor the “mother of African American journalism,” who our HBCU fellowship is named for.
Black Girl Freedom Week hosts free, virtual events to raise awareness — and funding — for Black youth
Organizers hope it will advance their campaign to raise $1 billion for Black girls and gender-expansive youth over 10 years.
‘Violence is not the answer to violence’: Lawyer makes case for abolition feminism in new book
Leigh Goodmark details how survivors of abuse — especially those who are poor, or people of color, or queer — are often funneled into the criminal legal system and explains why she believes intimate partner violence can’t be addressed through a carceral system.
New program aims to invest in Black women's leadership in the South
Twenty-five women — among them attorneys, formerly incarcerated women and advocates — make up the inaugural class of the program.
‘We need to see our heroes as human’: A historian connects Shirley Chisholm’s life and politics
Anastasia Curwood’s new biography on the first Black woman elected to Congress examines how Shirley Chisholm saw intersections and worked for progress.