Too Many Black Women Like Erica Garner Are Dying in America’s Maternal Mortality Crisis

Articles | January 19 2018

By P.R. Lockhart

“She was born at seven-and-a-half months, 4 pounds, 11 ounces, but she proved to be a giant,” said Esaw Snipes-Garner. She was speaking about her daughter, activist Erica Garner, who died December 30 after a heart attack. Garner went into cardiac arrest following an asthma attack a week earlier, and was later placed in a medically induced coma. She reportedly suffered extensive brain damage due to a lack of oxygen.

“She lived on her own terms,” Snipes-Garner said at her daughter’s Harlem, New York, funeral Monday evening. “And she died on her own terms.”

For those who knew Garner well or followed her activist work, her death has been difficult to process. That she died at 27 is a tragedy. That she became an activist to seek justice in the wake of her father Eric Garner’s death from an NYPD officer’s fatal chokehold is painful. (Read more)