Founded in 1979, by Useni Eugene Perkins, the Black Child Journal is published bi-annually by the Black Child Journal in collaboration with the National Rites of Passage Institute. The Black Child Journal was created as a means to advocate for Black children and their families by accomplishing the following objectives:
To provide relevant information on critical issues, history, and culture that impact Black children and their families;
To provide an in-depth analysis of substantive policies and programs which can improve the overall welfare of Black children and their families;
To provide activists, practitioners, and scholars with a literary voice to share their practices, research, and views that can best serve the needs of Black children and their families.
Rites of Passage is a timeless African tradition that intentionally guides a person’s holistic development through life’s transitions using rituals and ceremonies for the discovery of their purpose and responsibility to build healthy and just communities.
Rites of Passage, as a developmental and transformational process, is culturally specific – not universal. It is based on the premise that a group must recognize and affirm itself before it is able to share and appreciate the differences of others.
Rites of Passage also recognizes that entry into adult life involves the realization of social obligations and the assumption of responsibility for meeting them. Initiation sets a time on the journey for bringing individuals into formal and explicit relations with their kindred. It strengthens social ties for the day that they will be tested.
Rites of Passage not only provides self-development and cultural awareness, it fosters a sense of belonging. Adolescents will become part of community life; not persons alone, lacking support, sanction, and purpose.
The National Rites of Passage Institute (NROPI), in collaboration with communities, organizations, practitioners, and scholars, has been elevating the value of culturally-based Rites of Passage in youth and community development for more than 30 years.
NROPI is a national hub, a cultural learning center, and a clearinghouse for providing information, training, programming, technical assistance, consulting, assessment, and intentional conversations on African-Centered Rites of Passage for child, youth and community development.
One of the major goals of NROPI is to be a voice for African-centered Rites of Passage in conversations, nationally and internationally, on child and youth development and village building.
We cannot escape our origins, however hard we might try, those origins contain the key — could we but find it — to all that we later become.
- James Baldwin
Useni Eugene Perkins
Paul Hill Jr.
Michael C. Edwards, Ed.D.
Atiba Coppock, Ph.D.
Timothy D. Goler, Ph.D.
“We have not inherited this land from our ancestors; rather we have borrowed it from our children.” - African Proverb
Dr. Nicole Ausmer and Hey Black Child Podcast
Youth Resiliency Institute-Baltimore
African American Enterprise Resource Center
Golden Ciphers Youth Development and Cultural Arts Center
Ankobea-Pan Afrikan Organization-Washington
Institute of Positive Education-Chicago
Golden Bridge-Boulder Colorado
Restorative Passage/Omega CDC-Dayton
National Association of Black Social Workers-Cleveland
National Black Child Institute--Cleveland
Ohio Cleveland Association of Black Social Workers
African Canadian Heritage Association (ACHA)-Toronto
Woodgreen Community Services--Rites of Passage-Toronto
New Initiatives-London England
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