“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
–Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States
The recent events in Kentucky, Georgia, and Minnesota are stark reminders of the racism and social injustice that permeate our society. The flood of images and videos shared over these few months are only snapshots of the long tattered line of lives needlessly lost to inconceivable and inexcusable violence. Communities are frustrated, demanding answers, and the systemic change needed to end the cycle of pointless death in communities of color.
Real, sincere change is necessary. The children of this generation and future generations deserve better, and our collective education is the most critical tool needed to create the change we want to see in our community. It starts with us.
Our organization is committed to doing our part in facilitating productive conversations about social injustice and racial equity. This work is immediate, it is necessary, and it can begin with even our youngest learners.
Today, we want to share various resources that can help families, teachers and communities facilitate these conversations at home and in schools. The books featured here were written to help children of all ages develop the mindset and the critical thinking skills necessary for a world in which racial equity is not simply a goal it is a way of life.
We look to continue providing our perspective and insights around reading, writing, and literacy. We will also shine a light on ways we can better our communities and our world for all people.
Here are some helpful resources:
Our sincerest condolences go out to the families directly and indirectly impacted by the recent killing of Mr. George Floyd in Minnesota, and the other countless lives lost to similar brutality.
The continued senseless violence perpetrated in communities of color must stop. It starts with all of us.
Talking to Children about Race
Encourage your readers to ask questions as they learn more about the people around them. Developing racial cultural literacy will help your child to lift up and celebrate the diverse world around them.