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John Lewis walks with our children. Shortly before he died on July 17, John Lewis wrote an essay to be published on the day of his funeral. In it, the civil rights leader and congressman speaks directly to our children with words of encouragement, guidance and challenge.

Talking with our children about race by Wendy Claire Barrie

How White Parents Can Talk to Their Kids About Race with Jennifer Harvey, author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America. (10 minute NPR interview)

Black History Month is for Everyone by Wendy Claire Barrie, author of Faith at Home: A Handbook for Cautiously Christian Parents. February is Black History Month, and it’s for all of us to celebrate! Black history is American history the author particularly wants to encourage white families to learn and do more.

Black History Month is a chance for white parents to learn how to talk about racism. For white parents, particularly those who don't feel comfortable or prepared to talk with their children about race and racism, the month should also be seen as a timely opportunity to start essential, on-going conversations about racist ideas if they haven't already.


The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman.

Cornerstones: Founding Voices of the Black Church. Without people, there can’t be a church. So, who were the people who made the Black church possible in America? How could a nation embrace the Christian Gospel and Constitution that were so clearly anti-slavery and still justify slavery? According to the Bible, Christians are charged to spread the Gospel, gather, read scripture, and serve one another. According to the Constitution, all men are created equal. So, who were the Americans that brought the country to face the promises it wasn’t living up to? In this short animated series, we look at just a few pivotal people who brought the reality of the right to gather, read, sing, worship, and share these truths that should have always been self-evident.

Hair Love, an Oscar®-winning animated short film from Matthew A. Cherry, tells the heartfelt story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time. 

Scholastic News: Escape to Freedom: The Underground Railroad

Reconstruction and 1876: Crash Course US History #22. Following the end of the Civil War, many African Americans found themselves turning from slavery to sharecropping, an unfair system that would last until World War II and the Civil Rights Movement.

Alicia Keys on Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.


Got some leftover rice? Make this breakfast fritter called “Calas”, which were once a vital part of African-American livelihood in New Orleans, and even helped some slaves buy their freedom. Read more about the history of Calas in this NPR article: Meet The Calas, A New Orleans Tradition That Helped Free Slaves

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