"Unspoken Curriculum" Confronts Racism, Mental Health in Education

Taraji P. Henson – launched a public awareness campaign to address the mental health
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Today, the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation (BLHF) – a nonprofit organization founded by award-winning actress Taraji P. Henson – launched a public awareness campaign to address the mental health impact the education system places on students, particularly Black students ages 12-22.

The six-week campaign, titled "The Unspoken Curriculum," kicks off during Mental Health Awareness Month with a video of a spoken word poem that highlights how the life lessons students learn about race in school are not always in the lesson plan, but they are lessons students carry with them into adulthood.

Developed in partnership with BLHF's agency partner Edelman, the campaign rolls out as Black families continue to grapple with the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on their lives and livelihoods, grieve the deaths of countless Black people at the hands of the police, and contend with the anxiety of their children returning to in-person learning. The goal of "The Unspoken Curriculum" is to:

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