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GBBB to Host ‘State of the Black Child Symposium’
By Sentinel News Service
Published July 23, 2010


“State of the Black Child Symposium” set for July 23, 2010
“State of the Black Child Symposium” set for July 23, 2010

During a time when the health and well being of a Black child seems to be of little concern to the masses, Great Beginnings for Black Babies, Inc. (GBBB) will commemorate its 20 years of community service by hosting a free “State of the Black Child Symposium” beginning at 9 a.m., Friday, July 23, 2010 in The California Endowment facilities, 1000 N. Alameda St.

Offering free workshops, breakfast, luncheon and a closing reception. The Symposium will also feature a wide array of topics and presenters pertinent to the state of the Black child, its family and community.

Opening with a welcome address from Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, a panel of presenters will follow including child and health expert heavy hitters Holly Mitchell, CEO, Crystal Stairs, Inc.; Healthy African American Families II CEO Loretta Jones; Areva Martin, Esq., CEO, Special Needs Network, Inc.; Zena Oglesby, CEO, The Institute for Black Parenting; LAUSD School Board Member Marguerite LaMotte; and, Cynthia Harding, L.A. County Department of Health, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Programs director.

Covering the topics “Taking Care of Our Children,” “The Destruction of the Black Family,” and, “The Crib to the Penitentiary Pipeline – Breaking the Cycle,” the Symposium will feature Black Women for Wellness CEO Jan Robinson Flint; Elaini Negussie, associate director, African American Programs, American Diabetes Association; Cynthia Davis, director, HIV Education and Outreach, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Outreach; Bernita Walker, executive director, Project Peacemakers (domestic violence); Torre Reese, CEO, Famili, Inc.; Dr. Ron Banks, CEO, Project Fatherhood; Cheryl Branch, Special Services for Groups/Homeless Outreach Program; Dr. Elisa Lansdowne, Kaiser Permanente West; Meschellia Smith, Much More Bounce, Inc./Unity One, Inc., and Aquil Basheer, Maximum Force gang intervention and prevention.

A luncheon address will be delivered by Dr. Robert Ross, CEO of The California Endowment with special commendations to follow from locally invited political officials including long-time GBBB Board member, Inglewood City council member Danny Tabor; Senator Curren Price; Board of Equalization member Jerome Horton; Assembly member Mike Davis, and Carson City Council member Mike Gipson. A special tribute also will be paid to GBBB’s co-founder and former executive director for 18 years, Zola Jones. City Council member Tabor will moderate the opening panel, as well as serve as Master of Ceremonies during the tribute luncheon. Participants will receive a special treat with a performance by The Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles under the direction of Southeast Symphony Conductor Charles Dickerson.

Participating vendors include the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, the March of Dimes, El Nido, the L.A. Urban League, Special Needs Network, Inc., Shields for Families, L.A. CARE, SEE-LA, the Crenshaw and Watts Farmers Markets, Great Beginnings for Black Babies, Inc. and Health Net, which also is a Symposium sponsor, along with the American Heart Association.

A nonprofit dedicated to reducing infant mortality by encouraging women to seek early and continuous prenatal care, encourage healthy lifestyles, and promote the healthy development and growth of babies, children, youth and families. Great Beginnings for Black Babies, Inc. was founded in 1990.

“We are proud and humbled that so many outstanding health professionals, as well as political dignitaries, have answered our call to address issues impacting the Black child, its family and community,” commented GBBB Executive Director Rae Jones. “This ‘State of the Black Child Symposium’ is right in line with the mission established by GBBB founders 20 years ago,” she added.

To register or to obtain additional information on the “State of the Black Child Symposium” please call (323) 789-7955.


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