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Black Child National Agenda: America Must Deliver on its Promise
Iruka, I. U., James, C., Reaves, C., & Forte, A.
Black children’s lives matter. Unfortunately, Black children in the United States of America face a dual reality: growing up in the “land of opportunity” while also experiencing the reality of racism and inequities that impact their daily lives. The Equity Research Action Coalition, POINTS of ACCESS, LLC, and the National Black Child Development Institute have collaborated in creating the Black Child National Agenda because of the urgent need to challenge the negative and stereotypical narrative of Black children, families, and communities and to challenge policies and systems that undermine basic human rights and community wellness.
This ambitious agenda for Black children calls for actions to dismantle structural racism and systemic inequities that get in the way of Black children’s success in school and life. The policies identified are not exhaustive but represent the first step toward ensuring that we are protecting Black children and their families from racism, discrimination, and inhumane material hardships. Additionally, we must ensure that we are promoting Black children and their families’ economic security, health, and access to quality early learning opportunities, while also preserving their cultural identity and heritage.
Iruka, I. U., James, C., Reaves, C., & Forte, A. (2021). Black child national agenda: America must deliver on its promise. Chapel Hill, NC: Equity Research Action Coalition, Frank Porter Graham
Child Development Institute, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.