Gathering for GLORY Conference – Where Faith and Action Meet to Prevent Child Deaths  

What: The Black Child Legacy Campaign will host the second annual Gathering for GLORY: Giving Love to Our Rising Youth at South Sacramento Christian Center, a conference to discuss and outline prevention and intervention steps that have been taken to reduce child deaths, with an emphasis on strengthening our ability to partner with the faith community to do this work. This year’s conference will focus on radical community healing. Over 400 community residents are expected to attend, including representatives from churches, nonprofit organizations and youth to discuss prevention and intervention strategies focused on health, safety and well-being as well as healing and wraparound support. Attendees will participate in workshops and group discussions to create action plans that identify next steps for the seven neighborhoods with the highest disproportionate number of African American deaths. 

Why:  According to the Sacramento County Child Death Review Team, the African American child death rate was twice the average of the overall child death rate during the period from 1990 to 2009. The Sacramento faith community needs to be connected to the work that serves the people in their neighborhoods. The event will be held in April during Child Abuse Prevention Month, with an effort to connect the faith community to the issues that impact the people they serve with an intentional focus on community healing.


  • Pastor Michael McBride, National Director for Urban Strategies/LIVE FREE Campaign, PICO National Network
  • Supervisor Phil Serna, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, District 1
  • Dr. Natalie Woods Andrews, Director, Early Learning Department, Sacramento County Office of Education and Co-chair, Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths
  • Les Simmons, Pastor, South Sacramento Christian Center
  • Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS)
  • Members of the Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths
  • More than 400 community members

When:      Thursday, April 19, 2018; 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Where:     South Sacramento Christian Center

                 7710 Stockton Boulevard

                Sacramento, California 95823

About us:  The Black Child Legacy Campaign is raising visibility and strengthening collective impact efforts of the Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths to reduce the number of child mortalities.  To learn more, visit: and


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