Founder of My Sister's Keeper nonprofit
A Boston-area pediatrician for nearly 30 years and a pastor for 15, Gloria White-Hammond traveled to Sudan in 2001 as part of a faith-motivated “slave redemption” mission, in which the missionaries purchased the freedom of 6,700 slaves. Though this liberation tactic is highly controversial, when she heard the captives’ horrific stories, White-Hammond had no doubt she was on the right side of history.
She moved forward, founding My Sister’s Keeper a year later. The organization supports economic development, health care and education projects developed by women in Sudan, a country beset by ethnic cleansing and a civil war that only ended in 2011 with the formation of South Sudan.