Mom of Three Leigh Higginbotham Butler Creates App for Black Mothers to Connect

Leigh Higginbotham Butler and her children

There is no shortage of parenting apps in the digital universe. It’s not hard to find a place to get advice on everything from diapers to discipline. But if you’re a Black parent or caregiver, you may feel like the content just isn’t for you. A Black entrepreneur and mom of three hears you loud and clear and has developed a digital village for Black parents and caregivers at every stage in the process. And she’s got some celebrity help to spread the word.

Leigh Higginbotham Butler knew that most parenting apps weren’t inclusive of Black caregivers, and she wanted to create a space where they felt welcome and understood. “As moms of black children, we navigate a special set of circumstances. From doctors to caregivers, to teachers, to principals, police, and other parents — we have to advocate for our children in a unique way,” said Butler. “The truth is that it takes a village to raise a child — and every woman deserves access to that type of community.”

She started Akina, which means “strong family bond” in Swahili, as an online community for Black moms to deal with the unique challenges they face while raising their children. The idea evolved into Meet Akina, a multi-functional app available for download on Apple and Google Play.

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