2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the start of slave trade in West Africa. To commemorate the 400-year anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to English North America in 1619, President Nana Akufo-Addo has encouraged descendants of Africans who were enslaved in the Americas to return to the country. As the survivors … Continue reading P4L heads to Ghana
Parenting for Liberation hosted a private screening of Harriet, where over 50 Black parents and children witnessed Harriet’s enduring courage, ingenuity and tenacity to not only free herself but over one thousand enslaved Africans. The film was an inspiration for attendees to watch a small but mighty Cynthia Erivo as Harriet, wield her power--spiritual, legal, … Continue reading 50 attend P4L Harriet Screening
Black Maternal Health https://soundcloud.com/parentingforliberation/episode-32-black-maternal-health-with-melissa-franklin-brandi-simms/s-uE3h5 In this episode, Parenting for Liberation spoke with two powerful Black women--Melissa Franklin, a Pritkzer Fellow, and Brandi Sims, a doula and Program Officer--working on the frontlines with First 5 LA to partner with DPH and lead L.A. County’s collaborative effort to reduce the Black infant and maternal mortality gap. They … Continue reading Episode 32: Black Maternal Health with Melissa Franklin & Brandi Sims
“I went through it and I made it out alright” is no longer a rhetoric I will accept from Black mothers regarding the abuse of Black girls." Young Black girls don’t need to be beaten into submission. They are intelligent beings capable of reason and logic. Young Black girls don’t need to be told how … Continue reading The Strained Relationship Between Black Mothers And Their Daughters | MadameNoire
Instead of teaching our kids to work twice as hard to seek the approval of people and companies that simply don't know how to appreciate and respect Black brilliance, let's start teaching our kids that racist systems will never be able to fully value them because many were never built with them in mind, but … Continue reading Why The “Working Twice As Hard” Mentality Doesn’t Work
Incredible piece to challenge us to #FreeBlackMotherhood by a Parenting for Liberation partner, Ambreia Meadows Fernandez: Since arriving on U.S. shores, black mothers have been sacrificing joy to save their families. We’re the glue that holds our community together, but we’re regularly overlooked and under supported. We’ve been beaten to death with the stigma the … Continue reading Black mothers deserve to be freed from outrageous stereotypes
https://open.spotify.com/episode/27nHjWOC4OS4fk1PUQrtY5?si=pJTDVGEbTbyj00tzt3qswA In this episode with Natalie Pipkin, founder of Black World Schoolers, she told the stories behind the research data that shows that African Americans are increasingly pulling their Black children out of schools and deciding to homeschool for a variety of reasons. Natalie shares her own personal experience with racism as a school age … Continue reading Podcast Episode: From Homeschooling to WorldSchooling! Interview with Natalie Pipkin of Black World Schoolers
https://open.spotify.com/episode/0t5FKou4N3x0rPhJxNtwlc?si=TEaYyXaCRw-9McUoK-4WNA I was invited to speak at PACT family camp by Malaika Parker, an African American adoptive parent, who works to support the adoptive parents of color who are connected with Pact, An Adoption Alliance. While I was excited to support the nearly 150 Black children who attend the camp, when I found out that … Continue reading Podcast Episode! PACT Camp: I presented a workshop on white privilege for adoptive parents of black children!
“There was something so valuable about what happened when one became a mother. For me it was the most liberating thing that ever happened to me.
The Courage of Parenting When You Have A History of Trauma — Gretchen Schmelzer Parenting with a trauma history is one of the bravest things that people can do—and it is invisible. If you are doing it well, nobody knows. Nobody cheers. If you had been physically disabled by a past trauma and chose to run … Continue reading The Courage of Parenting When You Have A History of Trauma