Event Details

02/24/24: 9:00AM
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation451 Lexington Parkway N, Saint Paul, MN 55104

Join us for an all-day event led by Dr. Stacey Patton that will embark on a transformative journey to reshape Black parenting.

The first presentation, "Unshackling Generations," delves into the historical roots of Black parenting practices, highlighting the need to heal from trauma and eradicate corporal punishment. The second, “When You Hit Me,” exposes the damaging effects of corporal punishment as a form of toxic childhood stress, exploring its deep impact on children's neuroanatomy and overall well-being. Together, these sessions aim to empower attendees with strategies for fostering healing and supportive environments for Black families.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Families who attend at least one presentation will receive a $50 gift card.




  • 9 am: Doors open – Breakfast, provided
  • 9.30 am: Welcome remarks & housekeeping
  • 10 am: Presentation, "Unshackling Generations"
  • 11:30 am: Q&A
  • 12 pm: Lunch, provided
  • 1 pm: Presentation, “When You Hit Me”
  • 2:20 pm: Q&A
  • 3 pm: Closing remarks


About the speaker

Dr. Stacey Patton is an adoptee, child abuse survivor, and former foster youth turned award-winning journalist, author, nationally recognized child advocate and educator. Her writings on race, education and child welfare issues have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, BBC News, Al Jazeera, Black Enterprise and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Dr. Patton is the creator of Spare the Kids, an online portal designed to teach parents and professionals about the harms of hitting children. She is a research associate at Morgan State University's Institute for Urban Research and she teaches digital journalism at Howard University. She is also the author of That Mean Old Yesterday, Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Children Won't Save Black America, the forthcoming children's book Not My Cat and also Strung Up: The Lynching of Black Children During Jim Crow.