Join Word In Black on Thursday, March 23, at 3 p.m. PT/ 6 p.m. ET for a virtual community forum exploring our recent series “Lost Innocence: The Adultification of Black Children.”

Published in collaboration with the University of Southern California’s Center for Health Journalism, the series explains why Black children experience more adultification than non-Black children, how this adultification shows up in adulthood, and outlines the ways that parents and teachers can put a stop to it.

Bringing together a combination of both expert and community sources, this is the first series on this topic of its kind to hit the press.

The town hall will be led by Word In Black’s health data journalist Anissa Durham.

Panelists include:

  • Bahia Overton, executive director of Black Parent Initiative
  • Terri Watson, associate professor of educational leadership at the City College of New York
  • Amir Gilmore, assistant professor of cultural studies and social thought in education at Washington State University
  • Shamari White, communications associate and advocate
  • Megan Freeland, director of health communications for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
  • Ashanti Branch,  founder and executive director of Ever Forward Club.

Register for the town hall Zoom link here or tune in on the Word In Black Facebook page.

Lost Innocence: The Adultification of Black Children

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