Michelle BrowderMothers of Gynecology Montgomery, AL Award Year: 2023
Michelle Browder is the founder and director of I AM MORE THAN…Youth Empowerment Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. She owns and operates More Than Tours, a business that has provided educational tours to nearly 10,000 underserved students from marginalized communities of color. For nearly 35 years, Browder has used art, history, and “real talk” conversations to mentor marginalized and disfavored students through visual arts and the spoken word. She has created art programs used by juvenile detention centers in both Montgomery and Atlanta, and her art has been shown in galleries across the country, notably the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery. She opened a gallery and restaurant called PJR’S Fish and BBQ Restaurant that employs high school students, returning citizens, and people who are homeless. Browder is also the lead artist and visionary of The Mothers Of Gynecology Monument, a 15-foot monument that honors three enslaved women – Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey – and uses their story to raise awareness about past and present racial disparities in healthcare.