Episode 11 – Families As Architects For Change

Episode 11 – Families As Architects For Change

Families As Architects For Change

EPISODE 11

Audio Nuggets welcomes Takkeem Morgan to the cypher for Episode 11: Families As Architects For Change.

Takkeem Morgan is a nationally recognized leader driving systems change in child welfare, working across technology, service delivery, research, and data to improve outcomes for children and families. He has a proven track record of mobilizing cross-sector partnerships and utilizing his own experiences to drive effective innovation at the local and state levels to solve both entrenched and emergent challenges.

In this conversation, Takkeem shares and unpacks his value with our listeners around people who are closest to the pain ought to be the architects of all the solutions. Families have the data, and they have better and less expensive ideas on how to spend government resources to help communities in a meaningful and impactful way.

Takkeem outlines what he identifies to be the three major challenges faced by current child welfare; the great awakening around the family policing of Black families experiencing poverty, a moral deficit among the child welfare workforce, and a nationwide shortage of foster homes capable of providing therapeutic care for the children that are in them. Takkeem is clear in his vision that his work and influence acutely focus on the first and third challenge.  The conversation also confronts the challenges and opportunities of the TFSC project.

Sit back and absorb the activation! Do you believe in yourself? Can you alone make the change possible? Are you healthy? Grapple with these questions good listeners.  Until next time.

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I’m just trying to get home

I’m just trying to get home

I’m Just Trying To Get Home
Mosaic Muse; Performed by Martha R. Wilson
Music by Rihanna

As Martha struggles through intrusive images, she has the ability to connect to nurture futures of freedom.

The familiar chirp and hum of the body cam is something she has come accustomed to, but definitely not the unnecessary rage, hate and brutality that has suddenly come into view. Tyre Nichols was just lynched by police.  Tyre was more than a statistic; he was a father, a son, a skater, and a beautiful Black man.

It was a pack attack.  We have direct evidence in the body counts and settlements that police culture is Klan culture that continues to be upheld. Until we address white supremacy culture in a real way, our efforts will continue to fail.

We know for Black men that the justice system has never been understanding or lenient. Mangled images keep flashing; reminiscent of all the Black men we’ve lost with no mercy. There is resentment to have to teach our still maturing children how to best get through life without getting killed.

We need to share in the burden. 

As you listen to the words being sung, “Lift me up, keep me down, keep me close, safe and sound. Keep me in the warmth of your love when you depart, keep me safe, safe and sound,” know that this is for all the ones we’ve lost,  and that it is us, the Black community, that needs love and to be kept safe and sound.

“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” –Martin Luther King Jr.


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