November celebrates the inaugural “Black Babies Awareness Month,” sponsored by the Equity Research Action Coalition, launched to spotlight and celebrate Black infants, families and the people and organizations that support them. The tremendous efforts of Black parents, early educators, community leaders, and other advocates should not go unnoticed—especially in times of crisis. This is an opportunity to draw public attention to the challenges they face and the programs and service providers that help meet their needs.
This month, the Equity Research Action Coalition unveiled the National Black Child Agenda, an ambitious plan that calls for actions to dismantle structural racism and systemic inequities that have negative effects on Black children’s school and life success. The agenda was co-developed with research and child development experts from the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI), the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, and POINTS of ACCESS, LLC.
During the month of November, individuals and organizations are encouraged to tweet, post and share information that brings awareness to Black babies and their families:
- Read the Black Babies Awareness Month press release here.
- Access the Black Babies Awareness Month social media toolkit here.
- Read, download and share with your networks:
Black Child National Agenda: America Must Deliver on Its Promise; and
Black Parents and Their Babies: Attending to the First 1,000 Days, a new report by the Equity Research Action Coalition that surveyed families on their experiences with racism, economic security, well-being and child care.