“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” - Proverbs 22:6.
Raising Black children takes courage, love, community, and a strong spirit. To create Black liberated futures, we must be intentional in how we raise our children.
First, we must model Black love for them. The adage that “it takes a village,” means we must surround our children with a community that affirms them with love, patience, open-mindedness, and safe spaces to be vulnerable as they develop their own Black identities.
We must also teach children real history and cultural knowledge. Understanding the struggle, resistance, and victories our ancestors went through is essential for developing Black pride.
Black pride is synonymous with Black love. Black children need both for developing spiritual soul-power.
Encourage your children to have their own opinions, inclusive of values reflective of Black liberation efforts.
We can’t decide what changes they will make in this world, but it’s our responsibility to provide them with the tools to become agents of change.
Toni Cade Bambara once wrote, “The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible.”
This is true of Black parenting as well. Raising Black children, no matter your role in the child’s life is a privilege God has tasked us with. Black liberated futures start in our villages.
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