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June 16-22, 2024: Black Babywearing Week

WHEREAS, Black women have been wearing their babies for centuries via wraps and slings made from fabrics; and,

WHEREAS, this tradition was brought to North America through enslaved Africans; and,

WHEREAS, despite its African roots, Black families often do not see themselves represented in advertisements or discussions of babywearing; and,

WHEREAS, in 2018, Black Babywearing Week was founded in the United States to acknowledge and celebrate Black people in the Babywearing community in conjunction with Juneteenth; and,

WHEREAS, there may be many benefits to Babywearing, including the production of oxytocin, the “bonding hormone,” infant social and cognitive development, ease of breastfeeding, attachment and bonding, promoting language development, reduced infant crying, and a decrease in deformational plagiocephaly, or “flat head syndrome;” and,

WHEREAS, as we celebrate the rich cultural tradition of babywearing, we remind parents to prioritize safe practices and use certified babywearing devices to ensure the well-being of both caregiver and child; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan is committed to highlighting the importance of Black families who Babywear, and spreading awareness and support for the Black Babywearing community who has been historically overlooked and excluded from the movement; and, 

WHEREAS, Black Babywearing Week provides an opportunity to spotlight the importance of Black women’s contributions to history and the practice of Babywearing;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 16 – 22, 2024, as Black Babywearing Week in Michigan.