5 Experts on How to Foster Joy in Black Children
Fostering Black joy is important, especially for kids, because it counters harmful stereotypes and messages that present the Black experience from a deficit perspective. Black children need to see themselves reflected in the world around them, inviting a true sense of belonging and cultural pride. Black joy means embracing and appreciating Blackness in its authenticity and fullness, which is critical to instilling a healthy sense of identity in Black children.
Black joy deserves to be expressed unapologetically, as a form of both healing and resistance. Black joy is within our families, our traditions, our love, and in our resilience to love ourselves when the world around us may not love us back. This Black History Month I invite you to go beyond the surface and find ways to affirm, celebrate, and amplify Black joy. Black children deserve to be authentically seen, heard, and valued, and that is achieved by centering Black joy.
Keep reading to view tips from five experts on how to foster joy in Black children and affirm their Black identity.