black m|othering

elle roberts is an Indianapolis-based scholar exploring Black reproductive freedom and future making in Indiana. The roots of black m|othering takes after SisterSong’s reproductive justice: “the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.” roberts will bring together research analysis, artistic storytelling and public education to document and honor community-led efforts to protect and uplift and expand Black reproductive care in Indiana across time, space and access.

elle roberts is an Indianapolis-based writer, artist and facilitator exploring the connections and collisions between the political, personal and poetic. She shares her essays, music and political education workshops in community spaces throughout and beyond central Indiana. roberts is the founding organizer of shehive, a grassroots gender equity project operating in Indianapolis from 2015 to 2017, and curating facilitator of hateration, a public teach-in series challenging a hate framework through the 2018 legislative session in Indiana. She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Purdue University. In case of wonder, she spells her name all lowercase after bell hooks. When roberts isn’t writing, listening for a good story or working a desk job to make rent, she’s somewhere dancing.