28 March 2019
Copeland Gallery Copeland Park
SE15 3SN London
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Black Women Rising - The Untold Cancer Stories, was the UK’s first all-black female cancer portrait exhibition. It aimed to get more black female cancer patients connecting and talking about their cancer experiences, aiding their recovery process.

The Black Women Rising cancer project is the brainchild of award-winning community entrepreneur, blogger and breast cancer survivor, Leanne Pero, who was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at 30 years old, six months after her mother was diagnosed with it for the second time.

The event took place at Copeland Gallery for an exhibition of 14 black women who have had a breast cancer diagnosis and have bared their scars from treatment. There was a live panel discussion discussing their personal experiences of the disease. Breast Cancer Now had a stall with clinical information at the exhibition.

The project has been fully funded by The Leanne Pero Foundation and Bright Rooms Darkroom and Studio in Peckham.

Jacqueline looking at the camera
The Black Women Rising project is such a great platform for women of colour to express themselves and be themselves. I think the photos will shock people, but that will help to start the conversation around breast cancer in black women. I’m so happy to be a part of it.

Jacqueline, Black Women Rising project