In May of 2008, the US House of Representatives announce July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Bebe More Campbell was someone who saw injustice and turned it into action. She fought for equitable mental health care, especially for Black and African American communities. Local parent advocates and stakeholders are hosting a series of Symposiums in July to recognize Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. These in-person events will be held in Rochester July 13th, Buffalo July 14th , Syracuse July 21st and Binghamton July 26.These community professional development educational sessions will address Mental Health in Communities of Color. The goal is to engage in dialogue to highlight the diversity of needs for both children and families across systems and collectively work together to identify strategies to improve care and prioritize next steps for our communities. The aftermath of Covid-19, natural disasters, social determinants of health, heightened levels grief, loss and violence; and the persuasive and persistent systemic racism, have been devastating for our communities. Now is the time to take bold and intentional action. These unexpected and tragic experiences also present unprecedented opportunities to do things differently, with freshly culturally informed and equitable lens at all levels. This year’s theme “We Are Each Other’s Medicine” will feature Mental Health experts, Faith Leaders, Parents, Youth, Faculty experts, Health and Behavioral Health Providers, Researchers, Community leaders and Stakeholders. They will address several topics of interest including stigma, cultural perspective, provider bias, violence, suicide, the criminalization of mental health in communities of color, disaster related trauma and increasing the pool of black mental health professionals.