With Martin Luther King Day on Monday, I began to wonder what to say to my children when they asked why they had the day off from school. Racial and cultural diversity has always been a passionate subject, growing up in Los Angeles and traveling the world at a young age, I have always embraced diversity.
As a (new-ish) parent witnessing the intolerance heightened by the media, I realized it was time to start educating my children. Most of us have seen on recent social media videos, here is one example, that young children don’t seem to notice racial differences and/or skin color. My 4 1/2 year old son has never once differentiated someone by skin color and it has been sweet to enjoy. They say prejudice is learned, and I now know it is my responsibility to begin introducing history and continue shaping him to be the loving, accepting individual that he is naturally is.
I am a big fan of books as a learning tool and always buy a book whenever a new topic or milestone is being introduced. I shot a quick video to show two products – a book and a set of flashcards that I found helpful to introduce a dialogue about racial equality. In this video I highlight The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist, an inspiring story of one child’s role in the Civil Rights Movement by Cynthia Levinson and Black History Flashcards, by Urban Intellectuals, designed to combat the miseducation and suppression of Black achievements around the globe.
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