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Black MS Experience Program Series


Black MS Experience Summit

Being Black with MS carries unique challenges and experiences – from scientific and clinical differences in the disease itself to inequities in the healthcare system and more. The Black MS Experience Program Series is an opportunity to connect with others who understand the distinct experience of life with MS as a Black person. Through special program experiences, we will forge powerful connections, learn from leading scientific and healthcare experts, and give voice to the unique needs of the Black community living with this disease.

2024 Black MS Experience Summit

We are excited to continue our commitment to the Black MS community and help amplify voices, build connections, and support those affected by MS. This year’s Black MS Experience Summit will take place June 12-13, 2024. More details will be shared soon. We look forward to your participation!


We would like to thank our 2024 program contributors.

Convening Contributor



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Register for a community program. In-person and virtual community programs feature a variety of topics and provide opportunities to connect with others in the MS community. Join an upcoming community program to learn and build connections.

2023 Black MS Experience Summit Videos

The 2023 Black MS Experience Summit took place on June 14-15 and focused on Resist Invisibility, Embrace Identity. The sessions are available on-demand below. Learn from healthcare experts and hear powerful stories that celebrate the resistance and resilience of the Black MS community. 

This program is accessible to individuals with hearing impairments. Videos from all sources have closed captioning features.

Opening sessions

Hosts: Tyler Campbell and Michelle Witherspoon

Featured speakers:

  • Frederick Joseph, Two-time New York Times bestselling author

  • Mitzi Joi Williams, MD, FAAN, Medical Director, Joi Life Wellness Group

Black MS Experience Summit - Day 1 Opening Session

Day 1 Opening Session

Black MS Experience Summit - Day 2 Opening Session

Day 2 Opening Session

Breakout sessions

Forging Your Identity with MS

Speaker: Evelyn Hunter, PhD

Learn how to address the changes or loss you may feel with MS and discover strategies for adapting and rebuilding your identity.

Thriving with MS

Speaker: Kalina Sanders, MD, EMHA

Discover how to thrive with MS by choosing healthy lifestyle behaviors, building strong support systems, learning how to advocate for yourself, and developing trust with your healthcare team.

Mind, Mood and MS

Speaker: Twanna Monds, LCMHC, NBCT

Learn about the relationship between cognition and mood, how to recognize changes, and strategies to improve your brain health.

Nourish Your Body, Feed Your Soul

Speaker: Annette Howard, MD

Discover how diet and nutrition may impact MS symptoms and your wellbeing.  Learn how to honor family and cultural traditions through food and uncover tips for addressing barriers to healthy eating.


We would like to thank our 2023 program contributors.

Convening Contributor




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