Rev. Gloria E. White-Hammond, M.D. is the Co-Pastor of Bethel AME Church, Boston, MA, and Executive Director of My Sister’s Keeper, www.mskeeper.org, and a retired pediatrician from the South End Community Health Center.
Dr. White-Hammond’s community service spans three decades and two continents. In 1994 she founded the church-based creative writing/mentoring ministry, “Do The Write Thing” for high-risk adolescent females. The project now serves over 200 young women through small groups in Boston public schools, juvenile detention facilities and on site at Bethel AME Church.
Since 2001, Dr. White-Hammond has made numerous trips into war-torn southern Sudan, Darfur and Chad. In 2002, she co-founded My Sister’s Keeper, a women-led humanitarian and human rights initiative that partners with diverse Sudanese women in their efforts toward reconciliation and reconstruction of their communities. The group is deeply committed to three pathways to sustainable peace. The Sisterhood for Peace initiative supports a growing network of diverse Sudanese women in Sudan and the Diaspora, who collaborate across traditional boundaries of race, religion, ethnicity and geography to promote peace throughout all Sudan. The Kunyuk School for Girls, a primary school located in Akon, South Sudan began in 2003 with 100 girls. In 2008, MSKeeper completed the construction of the permanent campus for the school, now comprised of 550 students. In 2007, My Sister’s Keeper launched the Women’s Peace School, an adult literacy project also in Akon, which supports 200 women.
In 2008, Dr. White-Hammond retired from the South End Community Health Center after serving 27 years as a dedicated pediatrician to families from some of Boston’s most challenged communities.
Dr. White-Hammond is a graduate of Boston University (AB, 1972), Tufts University School of Medicine (MD, 1976) and Harvard Divinity School (MDiv, 1997). She is a member of the boards of United to End Genocide, Harvard University Alumni Association and was elected to the Tufts University Board of Trustees in 2007.