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There’s not much more important to Caribbean people than education. Good food is a close second, I’m sure. I always jump at the chance to talk with people about education, so when I was invited to speak on it at the Black Moms Connection Conference in Toronto, I definitely had to be there.

The Black Moms Connection mission is to provide “a safe and encouraging environment for Black mothers to connect over shared cultural experiences.” They aim to accomplish this mission by, “encouraging and empowering mothers to increase the social, emotional, financial and well-being of the Black family…”

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I have been a member of  the Black Moms Connection Facebook group for quite a while, and the amazing support, love, and comedy that we share is one of the highlights of my Facebook timeline.

Black Moms Connection Facebook group

Today, we are more worried about how we will educate our children than ever.  As moms with children with African heritage, we are concerned that our children will not be treated fairly and with respect by their educators outside of the home.  Homeschooling moms, and those who are considering it, are wondering if they are prepared to get their children ready for standardized testing, and eventually, college… maybe.

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I am honored to have the opportunity to speak about my experience as a homeschooling mom, and participate in a panel discussion on education on Sunday, August 13th at 10:30 am.

While we do spend time in the group sharing baby pictures, prom photos, and funny stories, there are also discussions of love, sex, relationships, finances, nutrition, health, business, and of course, education (sometimes in patois!). I hope that you will be in Toronto on August 13th to spend the day with me and many other speakers who can’t wait to meet and talk with you.

About BMC: In January 2015, BMC started as a simple concept to rebuild the idea that it takes a village to raise a child. What started with 20 mothers in the Greater Toronto Area, has grown to well over 6000 members worldwide, with mothers as far as Japan, Kenya and the Caribbean. Black Moms Connection was incorporated as a non-profit organization in November 2016.

Click here for tickets and more information. The official hashtag for the event is #BMCC17. See you there!