Multiracial Community for Nurturing Resilience and Inclusion
EmbraceRace was founded in early 2016 by two parents (one Black, the other biracial, Black/White) who set out to create the community and gather the resources they needed (and still need) to meet the challenges they face raising children in a world where race matters. Since that time, EmbraceRace has grown into a multiracial community of parents, teachers, experts, and other caring adults who support one another in meeting the challenges that race poses to children, families, and communities. The organization identifies, organizes, and as needed, creates the tools, resources, discussion spaces, and networks to meet four goals: nurture resilience in children of color; nurture inclusive, empathetic children of all diversities; raise children who think critically about racial inequity; and support a movement of child and adult racial justice advocates for all children. From its inception in March 2016 to March 2020, EmbraceRace has published over 170 original articles and personal stories by more than 100 authors and storytellers; conducted 34 Talking Kids & Race webinars, with more than 60 expert guests and up to 9,000 registrants per session; distributed a monthly enewsletter to more than 30,000 subscribers; and established partnerships with national, regional, and local organizations, including the American Psychological Association, The Eric Carle Museum for Picture Book Art, and the Prejudice and Intergroup Relations Lab at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Finding the right words to discuss race and racism with children can be challenging, but images can help. An article written by members of the Youth and Families team in the Art Institute of Chicago offers ideas about how to use picture books and artworks to talk about race and affirm children’s identities.
Few American artists loom larger than Langston Hughes. He wrote novels, plays, short stories, films, librettos, children’s verse, newspaper columns, translations, and memoirs, and edited several important anthologies. But most of all, he remained a poet. From “Dreams” to “Let America Be America Again,” he explored social conscience and class difference with lyric beauty and music.
The world has been on high alert concerning the spread of the new strain of coronavirus, COVID-19. Facing History and Ourselves offers a teaching idea outlines the known facts about the virus and giving students the opportunity to explore instances of discrimination related to this novel strain of coronavirus.