Now Available for Free Download: Being Black Is Not a Risk Factor


The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) is excited to share our newest publication!

From the foreword by Barbara Bowman of the Erikson Institute to a closing essay by David Johns, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans, Being Black Is Not a Risk Factor: A Strengths-Based Look at the State of the Black Child is designed to challenge the prevailing discourse about Black children–one which overemphasizes limitations and deficits and does not draw upon the considerable strengths, assets and resilience demonstrated by our children, families and communities.

This report, which addresses the needs of policymakers, advocates, principals, teachers, parents and others, weaves together three critical elements:

  • Essays from experts that focus on using our children’s, families’ and communities’ strengths to improve outcomes for Black children
  • “Points of Proof” from organizations that serve not as exceptions, but as examples of places where Black children and families are succeeding
  • Data points that indicate how our children and families are doing across a range of measures

Our outstanding essay contributors, in addition to Barbara Bowman and David Johns, include:

Cecilia Alvarado, University of the District of Columbia Community College
A. Wade Boykin, Ph.D., Howard University
Carol Brunson Day, Ph.D., Consultant
Natasha Cabrera, Ph.D., University of Maryland
Iheoma Iruka, Ph.D., Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
Kristie Kauerz, Ed.D., University of Washington
Hakim Rashid, Ph.D., Howard University
Ivory A. Toldson, Ph.D., Howard University

Source: National Black Child Development Institute

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