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2020 Black MS Experience Summit

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Black MS Experience Summit

The 2020 Black MS Experience Summit offered an opportunity to connect with others who understand the distinct experience of life with MS as a Black person.

Throughout the interactive, three-day virtual event, we forged powerful connections, learned from leading scientific and healthcare experts and gave voice to the unique needs of our community.

Videos from the 2020 Summit

Introduction by Damian Washington

Introduction
(Day 1)

Featuring Damian Washington, the host of the Black MS Experience Summit

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MS Expert on Research and Health Disparities (Day 1)

MS Expert on Research and Health Disparities (Day 1)

Featuring Dr. Mitzi Joi Williams of Joi Life Wellness Group in Atlanta, GA

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Advocacy Breakout Session (Day 1)

Advocacy Breakout Session
(Day 1)

Sharing your personal multiple sclerosis story is an empowering way to affect meaningful change.

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Caregivers Supporting MS Warriors Breakout Session (Day 1)

Caregivers Supporting MS Warriors Breakout Session (Day 1)

Featuring licensed professional counselor and case manager Sabrina Wannamaker

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Q&A on Research, Advocacy and Caregiving (Day 1)Day 1 Q & A Panel

Q&A on Research, Advocacy and Caregiving (Day 1)

Featuring Dr. Mitzi Joi Williams, Sabrina Wannamaker and Angel Hardy Heinz

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MS Expert on Mental Wellbeing

MS Expert on Mental Wellbeing
(Day 2)

Featuring Dr. Evelyn Hunter, licensed psychologist with her own practice out of Auburn

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Health and Wellness Breakout Session (Day 2)

Health and Wellness Breakout Session
(Day 2)

Featuring exercise physiologist Christopher Wells

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State of the Black Woman Breakout Session (Day 2)

State of the Black Woman Breakout Session (Day 2)

Featuring Victoria Marie Reese, motivational speaker

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Q&A Mental Health, Women with MS, and Healthy Lifestyles

Q&A Mental Health, Women with MS, and Healthy Lifestyles (Day 2)

Featuring Dr. Evelyn Hunter, Victoria Marie Reese and Christopher Wells

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MS Expert on Therapies and Clinical Trials

MS Expert on Therapies and Clinical Trials
(Day 3)

Featuring Dr. Jacqueline Rosenthal, neurologist and MS specialist

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Building Community Breakout Session

Building Community Breakout Session
(Day 3)

Featuring leadership volunteers from the Black MS Experience Summit’s planning committee

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Men’s Connection Real Lyfe, Reel Talk

Men’s Connection Real Lyfe, Reel Talk Breakout Session (Day 3)

Featuring Tyler Campbell of Tyler Campbell Enterprises and Pro Player Foundation

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Q&A Clinical Trials, Men and MS, and Community

Q&A Clinical Trials, Men and MS, and Community (Day 3)

Featuring Dr. Jaqueline Rosenthal, Michelle Witherspoon and Tyler Campbell

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Summit Sketch Notes

Sketchnotes UK provided engaging visuals that represent themes and aspects of the conversations from the 2020 Black MS Experience Summit. These images reflect the artist's interpretation of the event.
Day 1
Advocacy Session (click for a larger image)

Activism
MS Expert Session (click for a larger image)

MS Expert Session
Day 2
State of the Black Woman (click for a larger image)

State of the Black Woman
MS Expert Session (click for a larger image)

MS Expert Session
Day 3
Men's Connection (click for a larger image)

Tyler Campbell's session (Men's Connection)
MS Expert Session (click for a larger image)

MS Expert Session
 
 

Additional Resources

  • Living Well With MS: A Guide For Black Americans: Poet Azure Antoinette and others discuss living with multiple sclerosis in a new documentary. For tips and information about living well with MS, download the companion guidebook.
     

  • Facebook Social Learning Group: Link with past Summit participants through the Society’s Facebook Social Learning Group. You can join the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Community now for the opportunity to connect with others living with MS and learn strategies you can implement today to impact your quality of life living with MS. Content specific to the Black MS Experience is also available in this learning resource.
     
  • For more resources and clinical information, please visit this page.

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