26 Ways in 26 Days to Honor
Black Infant Mortality Awareness
1. Join Sherry Payne in Mid Missouri as she walks for Black Infant Mortality Awareness and takes a
message to her legislators.
2. Host your own Black Infant Mortality Awareness Walk, around a local park, or school, or house of
Bring together folks to walk, talk, and commemorate the loss of infant life in our community.
3. Write a letter to the editor during the month of September about Black infant mortality and the
disparities in health outcomes.
4. Host a meeting at your school, home or house of worship to discuss pregnancy health and what you can
do in your immediate community to support healthy pregnancies for women of color. Identify and address barriers to care.
5. Make a donation to a local organization that addresses Black infant mortality. Don’t have one locally?
Donate to Uzazi Village or National Perinatal Taskforce.
6. Make a short video about why Black Infant Mortality Awareness is important then post it to your favorite
7. Send a letter to your state legislators making them aware of this issue- too many don’t about the
disparities in infant losses or its impact on communities of color.
8. Host a candlelight gathering for those in the community who have lost infants. Allow them to share their
stories with the community.
9. Write your own story of infant loss and share it on the Black Infant Mortality Awareness Facebook page.
10. Change your profile picture to our logo for the month of September.
11. September is National Infant Mortality Month. Spread the word.
12. Create a brief PowerPoint presentation on Black Infant Mortality and share it at work or school or your
house of worship.
13. Host a diaper drive and donate them to a local agency that works with low income pregnant women.
14. Crafty? Make small scrap books that can be used by families who have lost infants to put their hospital
memorabilia in (a set a footprints, a lock of hair etc.) Donate them to a local maternity hospital.
15. Crochet or knit baby blankets for donation to a local hospital, that can be given to families who have lost
babies as a keepsake. (They can wrap their baby in it at the hospital, then take it home with them.)
16. Plant a small memorial garden for lost infants. Invite others to enjoy it include a remembrance bench for
reflection and contemplation.
17. Host a memorial service for families who have lost infants at your local house of worship.
18. Have a Balloon Release in a local park where families can gather, release a balloon for their lost infant,
and perhaps a picnic afterwards.
19. Plant a tree or bush in honor of an infant that was lost.
20. Plan for a guest speaker to come to your city sometime during the coming year to address Black Infant
21. Prepare a meal for a family enjoying a new baby to celebrate life and health in our community.
22. Identify a Perinatal Safe Spot™ in your community and suggest it’s designation via
23. Donate your excess breast milk to infants in need whether through a milk bank or milk sharing with other
24. Write a post about Black Infant Mortality Awareness on your social media page and invite discussion and
inquiry. @UzaziVillage @PerinatalTskFrc #infantmortality #NoMorePreemies
25. Read and learn what you can about the causes of Black Infant Mortality. (see our resource list)
26. Share the Black Infant Mortality Facebook Page with others to spread the word