Too often, our news media are filled with reports of yet another Black person killed by state or vigilante violence. We see not only the lives of adults, but also those of young Black children taken by those who purport to protect and serve. From Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis to Aiyana Stanley Jones and Tamir Rice, Black babies’ lives are too often cut short. These conditions affect the ways in which we raise Black children. Many of us begin to parent from fear — fear that one day those headlines will announce the death of our own child. We often attempt to prevent the unthinkable from happening by using harm reduction techniques that, in turn, limit our children’s humanity and wholeness. This space offers Black parents and caregivers an opportunity to share stories of how they raise and nurture Black children in a world that does not always want them to thrive. In a well-supported space that includes embodied practices such as movement and focused breathing, caregivers will be invited to share even their ugliest truths and fears, while simultaneously celebrating the joys of the Black family. This workshop will introduce Parenting for Liberation — a hub where parents can find resources, tools, and strategies for how to raise Black children to be free and whole in the face of multiple oppressions. We will also introduce participants to tools included in the newly published book WE LIVE FOR THE WE: The Political Power of Black Motherhood. Together, we will engage in storytelling as a powerful tool for liberation and conclude with an invitation to digitally record stories that will make our collective voices and knowledge accessible to all.
Trina Greene Brown is a Black-feminist Mama-activist. She is the founder of Parenting for Liberation, a platform where parents of Black children collectively envision a world where our children are free to be their most liberated selves. With over a decade of experience within the violence against women's movement, Trina Greene Brown has held a variety capacity building roles to support gender and racial justice movement building including her current roles as Director of Collaborative Action for Resonance Network and Core Faculty for Move to End Violence, a ten-year initiative of the NoVo Foundation. Recognized as a Black Feminist Rising in 2017 by Black Women’s Blueprint, Trina is a leader on the rise and she’s bringing Black parents and children along with her towards Black Liberation.
Dani McClain reports on race and reproductive health. She is a contributing writer at The Nation and a fellow with Type Media Center (formerly the Nation Institute). McClain's writing has appeared in outlets including Slate, Talking Points Memo, Colorlines, EBONY.com, and The Rumpus. In 2018, she received a James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Her work has been recognized by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. McClain was a staff reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has worked as a strategist with organizations including Color of Change and the Drug Policy Alliance. McClain’s book, We Live for the We: The Political Power of Black Motherhood, will be published April 2019 by Bold Type Books (formerly Nation Books).