Celebrating the 45th Annual Conference of the National Black Child Development Institute

We The People
Celebrating the 45th Annual Conference of the National Black Child Development Institute

Hundreds of educators, advocates, leaders, policymakers, professionals, parents and caregivers from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C. from October 17-20 for the National Black Child Development Institute's 45th Annual Conference. 
The four-day conference, themed "We the People," featured keynote addresses from global leaders, including: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Congressman Bobby Scott (D-Va.), Dr. Barbara Bowman, Dr. James Comer, Mr. Geoffrey Canada, Ms. Susan L. Taylor and Mr. John B. King, Jr. (Read more about these sessions here.)
The tone for the conference was aptly set when, during the Opening Plenary, Tobeka G. Green, NBCDI President and CEO, took the stage flanked by Men of NBCDI from across the country and rolled out the special edition of the 2016 Calendar of Children, featuring Black men and the children they love engaged in every day activities. 
Ms. Green highlighted the importance of our work together to change the existing narrative on Black children and families and noted during the plenary, which also recognized the organization's rich legacy, that although much has changed since it was founded more than four decades ago, "What hasn't changed is that the Black community is a family," she said. "At our heart, at our core, our family bond is one of our unique strengths."
The conference, which featured nearly 100 workshops on topics ranging from early care and education to family engagement, fatherhood and racial equity, was a place for participants to engage with one another, learn new tools and renew their commitment to Black children and families. 
The conference closed with Ms. Green's announcement of powerful convenings and partnerships underway at the National Black Child Development Institute, including the launch of its Fellowship Program in 2016.