Recent events have sparked parents, volunteers, and staff to grasp for expert advice on how to think, learn, and talk about racial discrimination, bias, community conflict and violence. The resources are truly endless. But, here are few selected by King Street Center staff that we hope may be of help:
27 Books to Help You Talk to Your Kids About Racism
TEDtalk by Bryan Stevenson https://www.ted.
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
Racial Justice Resources 2020 (This list compiled with mentoring programs in mind by shared with the mentoring community by Susie Merrick, Mentoring Program Manager in the South Burlington Schools)
- “Anti-Racism Resources for White People” compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein (May 2020)
- “75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice” by Corinne Shutack (August 13, 2017)
- “Shareable Anti-Racism Resource Guide” by Titi Tasha (May 28, 2020)
- “Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk about Race: Resource Roundup” by Katrina Michie of Pretty Good
- “Racism, Whiteness, and Burnout in Antiracism Movements: How White Racial Justice Activists Elevate Burnout in Racial Justice Activists of Color in the United States” by Paul Gorski and Noura Erakat (2019)
- “How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids” from Common Sense Media (May 29, 2020)
- “The Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture” from Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, ChangeWork, 2001
*Free* Ongoing (Self-Paced) Learning
- Teaching Tolerance: An amazing resource with countless free learning opportunities, including self-guided learning here and webinars here.
- Online Opportunity: #ClearTheAir on Twitter: Val Brown, Professional Development Manager at Teaching Tolerance, is the founder and leader of #ClearTheAir, an online learning/dialogue platform. Website is at the link above; Twitter is here.
- Zinn Education Project: People’s Historians Online, Spring 2020: “For more than ten years, the Zinn Education Project has introduced students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula.”
- BARWE (Building Anti-Racist White Educators): A thoughtful inquiry series with inquiry resources.
- Black Lives Matter in Schools: Resources designed for “Black Lives Matter at School Week” and more.
- #31DaysIBPOC: Educators Tricia Ebervia and Dr. Kim Parker, for the second year in a row, have invited Black/Indigenous/People of Color (IBPOC) to share their writing in a 31-day learning opportunity in May.
- EmbraceRace: Resources (webinars, articles, resources) especially designed for learning how to engage in racial equity with our youngest learners.
- Facing History and Ourselves: Videos and webinars available here.
- Peace & Justice Center: Many of the Peace & Justice Center’s learning opportunities are free. Additionally, a community calendar with additional opportunities is here.
- Clemmons Family Farm: Located in Charlotte, Vermont, the Clemmons Family Farm is “one of the largest African-American-owned historic farms in Vermont today.” Although currently closed, the Farm’s website and Facebook page continue to offer resources and updates.
- The Ethan Allen Homestead Museum Online Symposium: “The Centennial of Women’s Suffrage”: “Four Vermont-based presenters will bring to life the history and stories of the suffrage movement and its impact for Abenaki Women in Vermont, for Native Americans in Federally Recognized Tribes, for African American women, and in the role of education for women and girls.”
- “Great Books of 2020…So Far” compiled by Pernille Ripp
- “31 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance” from EmbraceRace
- “Books About Racism and Social Justice” from Common Sense Media
- “27 Books To Help You Talk to Your Kids about Racism” by Alex Mlynek in Today’s Parent (April 18, 2020)
- We Need Diverse Books (We Need Diverse Books is “a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.”)
- “An Antiracist Reading List” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi in the New York Times (May 29, 2019)
- “17 Books on Race Every White Person Needs to Read” by Sadie Trombetta and K.W. Colyard in Bustle (Updated May 29, 2020)
- Teaching Tolerance: Teaching Hard History
- Teaching While White
- Scene on Radio, Season 2
- Speak Out
- Code Switch
- About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge
- The Stoop
- White Lies
Racial Equity Google Docs Being Shared by South Burlington School District Educators
- “Race, Racism, and Oppression: A Deep Dive into the History of Oppression in the United States” by Emily Gilmore (February 2020)
Consider #BLM at School Youth Media Challenge Let’s talk about the Election 2020. What issues matter to you? How will you share your voice with the world?
Creating Comic for Social Justice
Graphic novels and comics are a great way for students to express themselves and their social views. Help your students plan and create their own social justice comics!
Still I Rise Poem by Maya Angelou This lesson focuses on questions of identity as students read and analyze Angelou’s inspirational poem “Still I Rise” and apply its message to their own lives. Students learn how Maya Angelou overcame hardship and discrimination to find her own voice and to influence others to believe in themselves and use their voices for positive change.
Blacklivesmatter Coloring Book
Recommended Movies and Short Films:
26 Mini Films for Exploring Race, Bias and Identity with Students – NY Times
Recommended Books for younger students:
“Crown; an Ode to the Fresh Cut” by Derrick D. Barnes
“Don’t Touch My Hair!” by Sharee Miller
“Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty
“The Day you Begin” by Jacqueline Woodson
“Not my Idea: a book about whiteness” by Anastasia Higginbotham
“Ghost Boys” by Jewell Parker Rhodes
“The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
Local Action Steps:
Support businesses owned by people of color BIPOC Owned Vermont
Follow upcoming events sponsored by the Peace and Justice Center
Donate to Black Lives Matter of Greater Burlington
Write local authorities and ask for commitment to anti-racist policies and procedures: Mayor Miro Weinberger, City Hall, Room 34, 149 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Chief of Police Jennifer Morrison, Burlington Police Department, 1 North Ave., Burlington, VT 05401
Talking with children about racism, police brutality and protests
Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice (Teaching Tolerance)
Social Justice (National Association of School Psychologists)
Talking to Kids About Discrimination (American Psychological Association)