(Los Angeles, CA) – Paying homage to the history, heritage and culture of people of African descent, Great Beginnings for Black Babies, Inc. will host its annual Celebrate Healthy Babies extravaganza beginning at 11 a.m., Friday, May 27, 2016 in the Zion Hill Baptist Church, 7860 10th Avenue, Los Angeles, where the Rev. Seth Pickens is senior pastor.
Under the theme, “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child: Straight Out of Africa-We Are Who We Were,” Great Beginnings invites the public, and especially former members of its Black Infant Health program (BIH), to join in the celebration, which will include a Children’s Village, griot storytellers, puppeteers, jugglers, African dancers, drummers, resource vendors, free lunch and more.
African attire is encouraged.
Held annually for more than 15 years, Great Beginnings’ Celebrate Healthy Babies event pays tribute to the hundreds of women who have invested in themselves toward the betterment of their children and families.
These pregnant and parenting women have participated in and completed classes, workshops and Social Support and Empowerment sessions. They also have sought and received assistance in housing, employment, education and resource linkages. For their efforts and successes Great Beginnings pays homage to them and their families each year.
Founded in 1990 to combat disparities in the incidences of infant mortality in the African American community, the Inglewood-based Great Beginnings for Black Babies, Inc. has served all of the County of Los Angeles for more than 25 years.