National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) • Dr Leah Austin, President

BCDI Philadelphia & Vicinity • Lola M Rooney, President


NBCDI Official Gun Reform Statement

We need thoughtful, evidence-based approaches to gun violence prevention and school safety that will not bring more harm or trauma to our children. Our nation is faced with the fear that our children are not safe at their schools, in afterschool programs, in community centers, or even walking down the street. Gun violence is the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Studies show that Black children face a disproportionate amount of that violence.  

We stand against lawmakers’ refusal to pass common sense gun legislation that functions antagonistically to our desire for an equitable and just future for Black children and families. At NBCDI, we espouse the concept of Black children living and playing in a safe community and attending schools that affirm and expand their unfettered joy.

NBCDI’s renewed commitment in response to the ongoing gun violence epidemic includes our pledge to create an equitable, just, and joyful future for Black children and families. Our Eight Future Outcomes speak to this future. 

We will continue to work with our partners and village network and to mobilize our communities, demanding that elected officials across this country act swiftly to pass common-sense gun laws to keep Americans safe.

PA SCHOOLS ARE BROKEN - The Outcome of the Funding Lawsuit Won't Change That

I’m not convinced that the outcome of the trial, whatever it is, will be enough to address the institutional inequality and racism that remain a constant feature of our schools.

— by Sharif El-Mekki (Click the link below for more)