The NFL star and activist Toena “Tina” Coleman, whose black children were raised by foster parents, is hosting a summit on the issues facing black children and families.
The summit will take place April 13 at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
Coleman is one of many celebrities and public figures who have endorsed the summit, which has become one of the most popular in the sports world.
Coleman will speak about the importance of creating inclusive environments for black children in the U.S., the challenges growing and finding their place in society and how the NFL can help.
Colemon, who has two sons from foster care, said in a statement released Thursday that she is excited to attend the summit and that it will be an opportunity to engage with people in all walks of life.
“We are seeing that we have a lot of black leaders and we are seeing our own kids grow up and find their place and be loved, and that is an important and positive thing,” Coleman said.
“I think a lot about the kids who are growing up now, and it is such a challenge to get them to understand that they are valued, they are loved, they belong in the world and they deserve the love and the love they get.”
The Summit’s keynote speaker, Harlem-born and former NFL player and Black Lives Matter activist Michael Bennett, will give a keynote address on Thursday afternoon.
The NFL will also host the summit on April 13, and Coleman will be a featured speaker.
“Tina is one person who has really touched the lives of millions of black kids in America and we’re excited to be a part of this,” Coleman’s lawyer, Scott W. Brown, said.
Coleton and Brown have been working together for years to improve the lives and lives of foster children and their families, according to the statement.
“The summit is an opportunity for us to connect with and work together with black leadership to help bring awareness to issues that affect these kids and their communities,” Brown said.
“Tinas leadership will give the community a unique look at what it takes to make change, and she is the perfect person to bring this awareness to a national audience.”
In 2016, Coleman became the first black woman to be inducted into the National Football League Hall of Fame.