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Talking About Race

In these times of civil unrest and global pandemic, it can be hard to know what, and how much, to tell our kids. In the hopes of easing some of that stress, we have gathered some resources to help empower and prepare you to have those difficult conversations with your little ones. Or just provide an outlet for you to go so you know you are not alone. Below you’ll find a list of books, podcasts, shows, and other resources for students and parents alike.

Resources for Everyone: 
  • NMAAHC Website, Talking About Race
    A new online portal designed by the National Museum of African American History and Culture to help promote the conversation about racism, racial identity, and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture.
  • Well-Read Black Girl
     A website dedicated to addressing inequalities and improving communities through reading and reflecting on the works of Black women.
  • The Brown Bookshelf
     A website designed to push awareness of the myriad Black voices writing for young readers.
  • Systemic Racism Explained (for Kids)
    Systemic racism affects every area of life in the US. This video takes a closer look at what systemic racism is, and how we can solve it.
Resources for Students:

Find more anti-racist books for kids, read this article!

Movies:

  • Kindness is Contagious
  • Wonder
  • Queen of Katwe
  • Inside Out
  • Akeelah and the Bee
  • Hidden Figures

Other Media:

  • Motown Magic (Netflix)
  • Doc McStuffins (Netflix)
  • Kid President (YouTube)
  • Reba to the Rescue (YouTube)
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga (YouTube)
Resources for Parents:

Podcasts:

  • Code Switch
  • Black Girl in Om
  • The Read
  • Dem Black Mamas
  • Brown Skin Mom

Instagram:

Websites:

  • talktokids.net
    A nonprofit website with the goal of transforming the nation’s consciousness on race through law, social science, and the arts.
  • Children’s Alliance-Talking About Racism and Bias
    Parents and caregivers face the daily challenge of how to support kids in the midst of racialized rhetoric and bias incidents. Children’s Alliance provides some resources that may help.