Crystal D. Charley-Sibley, MBA, is a consummate Civil Rights activist and a community change agent. The proud wife and mother has been making her mark since her teenage years, when her journey of service began with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Throughout her volunteerism and professional career, strengthening her community through outreach, activism and advocacy have always been deeply embedded in her life’s work.
Crystal, the Founder of Melanin and Motherhood, is also a patient-advocate for Black maternal health and healthcare equity. Having undergone a high-risk pregnancy, resulting in pre-eclampsia and an emergency cesarean, it was this experience that led her specifically to Black maternal health justice, as well as becoming a birth and postpartum doula. Crystal’s mission is to liberate Black birthing by advocating for policies and legislation that will address the tremendous disparities in Black maternal health, that too often result in high Black maternal morbidity, mortality, preterm birth, and Black infant mortality.
Crystal’s crusade for social justice in healthcare spaces, and her passion as a Civil Rights leader, brought her to Salvation and Social Justice. As the Director of Black Health Equity, for Salvation and Social Justice, Crystal leverages relationships built over the course of her Civil Rights work, community engagement, and over 15 years of professional experience in social services, when executing the mission of liberation and justice for Black people in the healthcare space.