Parenting While Black 2023


Upcoming Events

We are excited for our 2023 Parenting While Black series, Radically Resistant: Fostering the Brilliance and Awe in Raising Bold Black Children. This free virtual conversation series offers a safe and welcoming space to hold conversations for and by Black families. All are welcome to join and engage in these powerful conversations!

The five-part series begins on Monday, March 20, and continues through June 26, 2023. Each webinar is 1 hour followed by a 30-minute Q&A session with our parent panelists. All webinars have live Spanish language translation and closed captioning available.

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This series is moderated by Eurnestine Brown, Ph.D., Director of Relational Equity and Belonging at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center.

Episode 1: Raising Bold Black Children – Fostering the Dreams
Monday, March 20, 2023, 3–4:30 PM ET / 12–1:30 PM PT

Join us as we celebrate raising bold and brilliant Black children. Our series relaunch conversation will highlight the collective experiences of Parenting While Black and the awe of raising Black and Brown children who are charting their own paths by creating a world that affirms who they are and will become: authentic, radically resistant, and joyful. Share your hopes and dreams for our children, families, communities, and future generations.  


Tresha Gibbs


Tresha Gibbs MD is a Jamaican American child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, physician administrator, and clinical educator. She has co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles on mental health among Black Americans and on the Covid-19 pandemic’s disproportionate impact on black communities. She has served with national organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association’s Council on children, adolescents, and their families and was a member of the APA 2021-2022 Task Force on Social Determinants of mental health.

She is co-author of the following three APA resource documents created by the council: How psychiatrists can talk to patients and families about race; Approaches to Youth in Mental Health Crisis; and Social determinants of mental health in children and youth. She is an advocate for the mental health of youth and their families.

Vernon D. Gibbs II

Vernon D. Gibbs II has been a stay-at-home dad since 2015. Previously he worked at the National Basketball Association in marketing and in Alumni Relations at his alma mater Columbia University, where he earned his BA in Architecture in 2000.

He writes for a number of online websites including City Dads Group and the Washington Post and is a substitute teacher in NJ. He has written and illustrated 2 children’ s books with his cousin Steve Gray. “When Good Fruit Goes Bad” and “I’m Dreaming of a Brown Christmas”, both available online and in bookstores. He has 3 children, ages 9, 7, and 7.

Episode 2: Birthing While Black – Pregnancy, Birth, and the First 1,000 Days
Monday, April 17, 2023, 3–4:30 PM ET / 12–1:30 PM PT

Black birthing people matter. Black expectant Fathers and Babies matter. Join us as we continue to explore protective pathways for embracing pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and the early years that foster health, respectful care, joy, healing, and radical resistance. Share in the conversation.

Episode 3: Black Children are Beautiful – Elevating “Black Boy Joy” and “Black Girl Magic”
Monday, May 15, 2023, 3–4:30 PM ET / 12–1:30 PM ET

Dive in deep with us as we explore the complexities of gender in 2023. Together, we will discuss strategies that support, nurture, protect, and affirm our children as they develop their cultural, ethnic, and gender identities. Our conversation will center on elevating joy and boldness – expressions of “Black Boy Joy” and “Black Girl Magic”.

Episode 4: Embracing Developmental Differences in Black Children
Monday, June 12, 2023, 3–4:30 PM ET / 12–1:30 PM PT

Together, we can examine and change the narrative about our Black children with developmental differences – those who are neurodivergent. There are many strengths and talents that come from seeing and thinking about the world differently: creativity, innovation, ability to think outside the box, problem-solving skills, as well as perseverance, and grit. Hear tips and strategies on how families ensure that their Black children with developmental differences thrive and flourish.

Episode 5: Raising Bold Black Children II – Manifesting the Dreams
Monday, June 26, 2023, 3–4:30 PM ET / 12–1:30 PM PT

Join us as we come full circle from fostering to manifesting (that is, making real) our children’s dreams as we “Parent While Black”. Learn about parent, family, and community tools to strengthen our awareness of awe and the bold in our children. Hear from families about the concrete steps they are taking to uplift their children’s dreams and brilliance. Share in the conversation.

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Learn With Us

Babies and children, families and communities do the research on what it takes for them to flourish. Listen with us to what they’ve been learning. Watch a webinar. Check out the Indigenous Early Learning Collaborative. Join the Brazelton Touchpoints Center Learning Network. Join the conversation.

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