On Seeking Better Days: A Conversation with Dr. Stacey Patton

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Maurice R. Greenberg Conference Center

391 Prospect Street

New Haven, CT 06511

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Please join us for a moving discussion on the intersections of race, class, privilege and gender with the esteened Dr. Stacey Patton.

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Dr. Stacey Patton will examine how the way that Black children are physically punished at home, coupled with the food deserts and food insecurity common in Black communities, impacts on the children’s mental, psychological and physical well-being and how the combination of these factors increases their risk of poor school outcomes, health disparities, aggressive behavior, and risks of entering the foster care and school-to-prison pipelines.

The toxic combination of corporal punishment and unhealthy food options weakens children, families and entire communities of color by harming brain development, physical health—including obesity and precocious puberty—and compounding multi-generational psychological trauma.

These growing racial disparities in health, education and criminal justice are by design, and call for communities to be educated, equipped and empowered to advocate for themselves. If we are to produce healthier communities and achieve racial equity in the United States then we must raise up children who are intellectually, physically, emotionally and spiritually strong.

Invited Groups, Associations and Organizations:

(in no particular order)

Connecticut Parents as Teachers

Connecticut Parents Advocacy Center

Connecticut Department of Children and Families

Connecticut Depaetment of Public Health

Connecticut Alliance of Foster and Adoptive Families

The Center for Family Justice

Center for Children's Advocacy

Department of African Studies, Connecticut College

Africana Studies Institute at University of Connecticut

Department of Black Studies, Fairfield University

Department of African American Studies, Centsl Connecticut State University

Department of African American Studies, Yale University

Connecticut Historical Society

Africana Studies Program at University of Hartford

Department of African American Studies, Weslyan University

The Southern Connecticut Black Nurses Association

The Northern Connecticut Black Nurses Association

National Alliance on Mental Health Connecticut

National Association of Black Journalists, Region 1

Connecticut Commission on Human Rights

The Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, Connecticut

National Organization for Women, Connecticut Chapter

Nathonal Organization of Women, Greater New York Chapter

Connecticut Health Foundation

National Association of Social Workers, Connecticut Chapter

Perrin Family Foundation

Greater Hartford National Association for the Advancment of Colored People

New England Grassroots Environmental Fund

End Hunger Connecticut!

Grow Windham

Farm to Institution New England

Hartford Food Systems

Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate

Positive Tracks

National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges

Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center

The Governor's Prevention Partnership

Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc.

Children’s Rights Education Project, University of Connecticut

The Underground

Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness

Connecticut Coalition for Juidyice in Education Funding

Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance

Black Lives Matter New Haven

National Conference for Community and Justice

Vera Institute of Justice, New York

Voluntown Peace Trust

Peace Center of Connecticut

Connecticut Coalition for Peace and Justice

Greater New Haven Peace Council

Hartford Catholic Worker

Love 146

Peace and Conflict Studies, Connecticut College

The GroundTruth Project

Table Underground

The West Indian Social Club

The Tow Foundation

Connecticut Broadcasters Association

Connecticut Farm Bureau

Southern New England Association of Black Journalists

Association of Health Care Journalists

School of Communication, Media and the Arts at Sacred Heart University

CT CORE - Organize Now!



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Dr. Stacey Patton is an award-winning author and journalist who writes about race, politics, pop culture, child welfare issues, diversity in media and higher education. Through her workshops, keynote addresses, and multi-media presentations, Dr. Patton blends the power of her personal narrative with her expert knowledge of the history of American race relations.

As an adoptee, child abuse survivor and former foster youth, she is also a leading child advocate who’s latest book is the acclaimed and best-selling, Spare The Kids: Why Whooping Children Won't Save Black America. Patton is also the author of That Mean Old Yesterday - A Memoir and the forthcoming book, Strung Up: The Lynching of Black Children and Teenagers in America, 1880-1968.

Patton's writings have appeared in the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education, Al Jazeera, BBC News, DAME Magazine and TheRoot.com. She has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, CBS, Al Jazeera, The Tavis Smiley Show, Here and Now, and Democracy Now. She has received reporting awards from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Scripps Howard Foundation, New York Women in Communications, National (and New York) Association of Black Journalists, The Education Writer's Association, and she is the 2015 recipient of the Vernon Jarrett Medal for Excellence in reporting on American race relations.

Dr. Patton has also received an award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children for using journalism to bring awareness to child welfare issues during the Adrian Peterson and "Baltimore Mom" controversies.

In addition to her journalistic work, Dr. Patton is also the creator of Spare the Kids, an online portal designed to encourage parents and caretakers to use alternatives to hitting children. She travels the country delivering keynotes and professional trainings at universities, child welfare and juvenile justice organizations and agencies. Her interdisciplinary trainings have benefited students and faculty in history, women and gender, Africana and African American studies, journalism and media studies, pediatrics, public health, child and human development, psychology, sociology, social work and criminal justice.

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New England Grassroots Environmental Fund

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