Today’s BHM comes from M. LaVora Perry, the Founder of Forest Hill Publishing. Perry was invited by a different press to write a book about several generations of black people in a single family who needed organ transplants centering around the struggle of one black mother & her attempts to recover from transplant surgery while worrying about her son’s new diagnosis. The story was meant to aid the family and shed light on the struggles of African Americans who
“represent a disproportionally high number of people in need of transplant —and die because they did not receive them—and a disproportionately low number of people who serve as organ and tissue donors.”
When the publishing company who had commissioned the book went under in 2006, the book was shelved. In the three years that followed, it became clear that African Americans continued to die for lack of transplant while the media and the medical community largely remained silent and inactive around saving black lives. So Perry, has just resurrected the project to be published by her own publsihing company, Forest Hill Publishing.
Working from a place of community and communal action and uplift, Perry has put out a call for stories from African Americans awaiting transplant or who have received a transplant themselves or have a family member who has received one. Perry hopes that by including multiple personal and political stories about the intersections of race-medicine and the dire need for change in the transplant industry with regards to donor cultivation and information in the black community, that the tide will turn.
Please see the CFP Below and circulate to your readers, colleagues, and friends:
Forest Hill Publishing will launch a book relaying true stories of transplant recipients and donors of color. People of color represent a disproportionately high number of those who need organ transplants–and die because the didn’t receive them–and a disproportionately low number of people who serve as organ and tissue donors. Click here to read more about this reality in a article from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.
Our hope at Forest Hill Publishing is that our upcoming book will inspire many more people of color to become organ and tissue donors.
If you are an organ transplant recipient or donor, or a relative or friend of one, and you’d like your story considered for this project, please send a 2 – 5 sentence description of your transplant experience in a message with “Transplant Story” in the subject line to email @ foresthillpublishing.com. To raise awareness about this project, Forest Hill Publishing reserves the right to publish, on the Internet and elsewhere, brief comments sent to us in response to this call for submissions
If you are selected, we will send you a questionnaire, which must be completed in the English language and returned to us by April 1, 2010. If you have questions about this project, please email us.
She has also collaborated on a series of youtube videos to help inform the black community about issues relating to our need for more involvement in and death from lack of transplants seen below:
M. LaVora Perry is a modern day black female activist who is using the power of the word to educate, advocate, and save lives.