Jumpstart Statement in Response to Recent Horrific Events

Image: George Floyd Via Offices of Ben Crump Law

On the heels of the tragic Ahmaud Arbery murder, this week a white woman explicitly criminalized Black male skin — that of an innocent Christian Cooper birding in Central Park — and we witnessed the horrific death of George Floyd under the knee of a white police officer.

As a supporter of Jumpstart, you know that the impacts of racism harm children even at a young age — especially young Black and African American boys . If we want to build a world where every child enters kindergarten prepared to succeed, we need to understand, acknowledge, and work to dismantle prejudice and systemic racism.

Take Action Today

During these uncertain times, the racial justice work being led by these organizations is critical. Learn more about what you can do below. If you want to see lasting change, join their efforts, support their missions, and perhaps even consider a donation.

  • NAACP’s We Are Done Dying initiative — This leading civil rights organization is highlighting the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the Black community and amplifying the mistreatment of communities of color through four key areas: criminal justice, economic, health, and voting policy.
  • National Black Child Development Institute — A trusted partner in delivering culturally relevant resources that respond to the unique strengths and needs of Black children, NBCDI’s mission is to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and their families through education and advocacy.

Please review these resources and join the march toward justice, equality, and equity.

Thank you,

Naila Bolus
President & CEO

President & CEO at Jumpstart

Together, we can help all children build the key language and literacy skills they need to take on the world.

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