Natalie Y. Moore is a Chicago-based author and journalist. She is the author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.
by Natalie Y. Moore
The Billboard is about a fictional Black women's clinic in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood on the South Side and its fight with a local gadfly running for City Council who puts up a provocative billboard: "Abortion is genocide. The most dangerous place for a Black child is his mother's womb," spurring on the clinic to fight back with their own provocative sign: "Black women take care of their families by taking care of themselves. Abortion is self-care. #Trust Black Women." The book also has a foreword, afterword, and Q&A with founders of the reproductive justice movement. As a play and book, The Billboard is a cultural force that treats abortion as more than pro-life or pro-choice.
"With The Billboard, Natalie Y. Moore has put perspectives central to the contemporary abortion debate into the mouths of relatable, complex Black characters. Moore makes plain what's at stake when conservative forces try to limit access to reproductive health, and why it's time to rethink how we talk about abortion. Her clear-eyed analysis and powerful dramatic storytelling are gifts to us all." - Dani McClain, author of We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood
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