Across the United States more and more parents and other caregivers are engaging the hard, uncertain work of racial socialization with the children they love. Arguably, these efforts are especially fraught in the St. Louis region, one of our nation's most segregated and home to #Ferguson, an accelerator for the #blacklivesmatter movement. In the four years since the Michael Brown shooting, the St. Louis region has seen seasons of protest as well as many initiatives focused on advancing regional racial equity. Against this backdrop we take a closer look at two local initiatives operating at the intersection of children, families, and the push for racial equity. One makes research and scholarship on race accessible, supporting parents, teachers and individuals in being intentional in their interactions and interventions with children. The other focuses explicitly on the education and activation of white parents who have historically been missing from regional racial-equity efforts. Join us for conversation about these two initiatives, their work, and what might be possible in a region that is adopting a culture of trying.