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Rebekah Barber

Research Associate/Writer

Rebekah is a research associate at the Institute for Southern Studies and writer for Facing South. Her research focuses on racial justice, democracy, and Southern history. She holds bachelor's degrees in English and history from N.C. Central University in Durham, North Carolina.

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Articles by Rebekah

How community care can address the South's maternal mortality crisis

February 25, 2022 - Inspired by her own experience with postpartum depression, Louisiana nurse practitioner and doula Nikki Greenaway launched an innovative practice to care for vulnerable new mothers. She talks with Facing South about how her model of community care can help address the maternal mortality crisis, which is especially dire among young Black women living in Louisiana and other Southern states. 

Civil rights attorney and author Geeta N. Kapur on pushing UNC to confront its systemic racism

October 7, 2021 - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was built by enslaved Black people but refused to admit Black students until the 1950s and only after a protracted legal fight — and the school continues to struggle around issues of race today. Civil rights attorney Geeta N. Kapur documents UNC's troubling history in her new book "To Drink From the Well: The Struggle for Racial Equality at the Nation's Oldest Public University," which she discussed with Facing South.