Resources to support educators & families in engaging with children about racism, racial violence & to support the raising of anti-racist children.
Articles & Lessons
2020 Curriculum Resource Guide (K-12)
Aha Parenting.com: Talking to children about race, racism, and police brutality
guidance on how to modify your conversation for toddlers to teens. It also gives ideas for how children can take action.
Anti-Defamation League: Engaging Young People in Conversations about Race and Racism
Books for Littles: Anti-Racism for Kids 101: Starting to Talk About Race
Beginner’s guide to talking about race (includes key messages and a list of books you can read aloud together) across various ages
Child Mind Institute: Racism & Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News
CNN and 'Sesame Street' to host a town hall addressing racism
Facing History and Ourselves
Bearing Witness: The Death of George FloydA Reckoning Amidst the PandemicViolence and Backlash (lesson)
Embrace Race: 10 Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids about Race
Montessori Educators Group for Social Justice: Resources for Talking to Children About Race and Racism
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility: Listening Circle for George Floyd
Conversation starters and protocol for open discussion for teachers and families - fact based background on the recent killings of African Americans: George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubrey and Breonna Taylor and discussion points and material around police brutality and protest.
The New York Times:
The Learning Network : A Conversation about Growing up Black
The Impact of Racism of Children’s Health
PBS Newshour Extra: Death of George Floyd Sets Off Massive Protests (Lessons)
Something Happened in Our Town
Animation series for young children telling the story of a white family and a black family as they discuss a police shooting of an unarmed black man. Themes include racial bias, injustice, modeling conversations about race, empowerment, appreciation of diversity, and positive community support.
Don’t Say Nothing
Educator Jamila Pitts makes the point that when we avoid the conversation with students and our own children, we are sending the message that it doesn't matter or that we are too afraid to discuss. Our silence speaks volumes.
Let’s Talk: Discussing Race, Racism, and other Difficult Topics with StudentsRace and Ethnicity Resources
Washington Post: They Were Raised to be ‘Colorblind’ — but Now More White Parents are Learning to Talk About Race
We Teach NYC
Lessons on Racism
Lessons on Civic Education
Yes Magazine: 7 Reminders for White Parents Talking to Their Kids About Police Killing Black People
Tips for helping parents talk to their kids about police violent, thinking through how privilege contributes to bias.
1619 (New York Times)
Embrace Race: How to Talk to Kids about Race and Justice
EmbraceRace cofounders, Melissa Giraud and Andrew Grant-Thomas, speak to On Point Radio host, Meghna Chakrabarti, on MLK Day. 1/20/20
Fare of the Free Child podcast
Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
Having 'The Talk': Expert Guidance On Preparing Kids For Police Interactions A panel of experts: a child psychiatrist, a former public defender and a police officer provide tips for talking with children about police violence.
Talking Race with Young Children
Babies as young as 6 months old notice race and even show signs of racial bias. This 20 minute podcast makes the case and provides tips for talking with very young children about race and racism
Parenting Forward podcast episode ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’
Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)
Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)
Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers (50:48)
TEDx Talk Dr. Beverly Tatum: Is My Skin Brown Because I Drank Chocolate Milk? In this TEDx Talk, Dr. Beverly Tatum addresses our earliest experiences of race and how to talk about these early experiences as a caring adult.
TEDx Talk, Jay Smooth: How I learned to stop worrying and Love Discussing Race In this TEDx Talk, host Jay Smooth of the Underground Radio addresses how to confront tough issues of bias when they come up with vulnerability and humility.
TEDX Talk, Peggy McIntosh: How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion
Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools (18:26)
31 Children's Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism and Resistance
Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: Books for Children and Young Adults
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga
When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
Be an Ally
Article: “Your Black Co-Workers May Look Like They Are Ok, Chances Are They Are Not”
Article: “White people, here’s how to be a better ally and proactively anti-racist. It’s not enough to just say you’re not racist.” How White People Can Work for Racial Justice
A guide to how you can support marginalized communities
Mindful.org: Rhonda Magee on Her Inner Work of Racial Justice
Law professor Rhonda Magee applies her deep meditation practice to the difficult waters of racially-charged interactions.