Gevonee Ford, January 12in Washington, DC was recognized as a Champion of Change.
In the early 1990’s, Ford directed an initiative called the Cultural Beginnings Project, which looked at the early childhood development of Black children. It was a collaborative partnership between parents, childcare workers, youth, government agency representatives, and community elders. Through this inquiry we began to understand the importance of African culture and identity development in our children as they were being prepared to venture out into the world. Out of our work in Cultural Beginnings there began to emerge a community vision of the cultural education our children would need to not only be successful, but also to be community minded as they grew. Gevonee emerged as a guardian of this vision; someone who would consistently remind our community of what we wanted for our children.