Parenting While Black 2024


Upcoming Events

The Parenting While Black series returns in Spring 2024 – Believe, Liberate, and Behold: Beautifully Brilliant Black Babies and Children. This free, engaging webinar series will offer real conversations for and between Black parents. Join the open and unapologetic conversations with inspiring guests. The Parenting While Black 2024 series will provide a welcoming space for sharing strength-based and culturally affirming ideas, narratives, and mindsets. Let’s discuss raising Black children and families: 

  • The collective experience of Black parenting, while recognizing our “differences” 
  • Raising bold, brilliant, and culturally grounded Black children  
  • Birth Equity and Reproductive Justice – fertility, pregnancy, postpartum and beyond 
  • Achieving Health and Mental Health Equity for Black children, youth, families, and communities 
  • Neurodiversity and other Developmental Differences across the Early Years 
  • Thriving in the Midst of Harmful Environmental Barriers 
  • Strategies for Protecting and Liberating Black children, families, and communities

The five-part series begins on Monday, March 18, and continues through June 24, 2024. Each webinar is 1 hour followed by a 30-minute Q&A session with our parent panelists.

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

Episode 1: Looking Back, Being Present, and Flourishing Forward
Monday, March 18, 2024, 3 – 4:30 PM ET / 12 – 1:30 PM PT

Join our Spring 2024 virtual conversations as we discuss culturally grounded, liberating, and joyful strategies to guide and support our Black children as they reach towards their unique destinies – releasing and breaking free from the past generational strongholds on their futures. Come share your hopes and dreams for our Black children, families, and communities – the collective experiences of Parenting While Black.

Special Welcome Message from Dr. Leah Austin, President and CEO of the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI)

Dr. Shauna Knox

Senior Vice President – National Black Child Development Institute

Dr. Shauna Knox is a researcher, policy activist, philanthro-advocate, and thought leader in Black Humanity by way of designated expertise in the decolonization and re-humanization of Black citizens of the Global South. She is the former Chief of (Racial Equity)Strategy at Associated Black Charities and received the Breakthrough Award from the US Department of Education (8th reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965).

Dr. Kenn Harris

Vice President for Engagement & Community Partnerships
Director of Healthy Start TA & Support Center
National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ)

Dr. Kenn Harris is Vice President of Engagement and Community Partnerships and former Project Director at the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality. He has over 30 years of experience working on national initiatives for maternal and child health, community engagement, and infant mortality. Dr. Harris has been a part of the Federal Healthy Start Program since it began in 1991. He is also an expert on men’s health and fatherhood. He spearheads several initiatives to ensure that each initiative has an equity lens and is strengthened to do the deeper work associated with addressing inequities. Dr. Harris is dedicated to the health and well-being of women, children, fathers, and families.

Episode 2: Black Mamas, Birthing People, Babies, Families, and Communities – A Day in the Life
Monday, April 22, 2024, 3 – 4:30 PM ET / 12 – 1:30 PM PT

Join us as we 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 Fathers –Where is the Love? It’s Right Here
Monday, May 20, 2024, 3 – 4:30 PM ET / 12 – 1:30 PM ET

Black Fathers Matter (periodt). Join our father-focused conversation. Listen with us as Black fathers share their journeys into and through fatherhood. Learn more about and appreciate the vital roles of Black fathers throughout a child’s life. There is no developmental ending to the love.

Episode 4: Embracing Developmental Differences in Black Children (Part II) –Showing up and Flourishing in Our Own Way
Monday, June 10, 2024, 3 – 4:30 PM ET / 12 – 1:30 PM PT

Together, we can examine and change the narrative about our Black children who are neurodivergent and/or experiencing related developmental differences. Join us as we learn about parent, family, and community strategies to support and strengthen our developmental toolbox – ensuring that our Black children with developmental differences thrive and flourish. 

Episode 5: Embracing Black Wealth, Cultural and Environmental Transformations
Monday, June 24, 2024, 3 – 4:30 PM ET / 12 – 1:30 PM PT

During this conversation, we will highlight ways Black children, families, and communities continue to thrive in the midst of our rapidly changing world. Share in the conversation.

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