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Tough Talks With Kids

EmbraceRace carries the philosophy that through conversation we can create lasting shifts in our collective thinking, and there’s no better way to start talking than with your kids.

Instead of tiptoeing around tough talks, let’s help them gain awareness in a way that isn’t overwhelming. Because even if they don’t explicitly understand it, they pick up on racism and prejudice at an early age. Give ‘em books on POC, celebrate bi-racial heritages, volunteer as an educator at their elementary school, etc. The bottom line is: talk about it.

The non-profit is your one-stop shop for questions or curiosities on how to approach these convos. They relay the most important and current topics and galvanize parents, teachers, and social justice advocates in an online platform that educates and discusses.

EmbraceRace brings forward the nuances of these issues. It’s (literally) not black and white. For example, their blog recently shared a personal story by a half Mexican American and Nigerian and the accompanying confusion of trying to establish a sense of self. She talked about the process of accepting and celebrating this multi-layered identity.

Guess what––you can get involved. The program is expanding their resources, and you can help them do it! The dough they raise will help their vision really root and spread through an even more comprehensive platform. Start by donating online and then get on reading their killer blog posts.

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Claudette Colvin, Original Woman Who Refused to Give Up Her Seat

Before Rosa Parks sat down, there was Claudette.

Most history books forget that Claudette Colvin is an African-American who refused to give up her seat on the bus, nine months before Rosa Parks.

It was March 2nd, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, when Colvin paid her fare and refused to get up from the seat for a white woman. She’d been studying Black history in high school that month and felt inspired by Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth. She felt the spirit of those two women pushing her down in her seat, telling her not to give it up.

“All I remember is that I was not going to walk off the bus voluntarily,” Colvin told NPR. She was put in handcuffs and taken to the local jail.

 

Claudette Colvin, age 15.

 

After the incident, her civil disobedience didn’t make much of a splash. She was young and soon became pregnant. Because of this, her courageous act went all but unnoticed for many years. In fact, people began to think of her as a ‘troublemaker’ within her community and she had difficulty finding employment, and soon moved to New York.

While the court decided she was guilty in her legal case and she was given probation, Colvin did go on to serve as a plaintiff in the historic Browder v. Gayle legal case, which ended the Montgomery Bus Boycott and segregation on public buses in the city.

Many think if it wasn’t for Colvin, the media wouldn’t have paid much attention to Rosa Parks and the movement that followed. For this, we offer her immense gratitude.

If you want to learn the rest of her story, peep her interview with Teen Vogue here. Then go read Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, authored by Phil Hoose.

 

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