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ANTI-RACISM TOWNHALL

On August 1, 2020, parents gathered virtually to share their personal experiences about how they talk about race and racism with their kids. One of the topics that came up in the conversation between these community leaders centered around caregiving in virtual spaces. How can we help our young people navigate media literacy and learn alongside them as we broaden our understanding of anti-racism and facilitate meaningful conversations? Listen to the conversation, then explore suggested resources.

MODERATOR

Nuola Akinde, Founder of Kekere Freedom School

PANELISTS

Yodit Mesfin-Johnson, Founder of Black Men Read

Dawn Espy, Education Program Manager of Ozone House 

Sonja Knighton, Early Childhood Program Director at Green Apple Garden Playschool

PBS RESOURCES

PBS has created resources for families and educators and their collective work to support anti-racism learning has been inspiring. Take some time and explore the pages that they offer, doing so at your own pace and making sure to take time to reflect as you navigate through the content. 

PARENT RESOURCES

Learn to talk, listen, and act with Arthur.

UPCOMING PROGRAM

Visit the Talking with Kids About Race and Racism webpage to find resources to help guide you through meaningful conversations with your young person. Hear to author and Illustrator Christian Robinson read You Matter and find articles on the following topics.

 

  • Talking honestly about racism
  • Looking at Black art to spark conversations
  • Teaching your child Black history
  • Using books to talk about race and racism
PBS TEACHER’S LOUNGE

The four-part PBS series highlights tools for anti-racist teaching and how teachers can use media and media literacy to deepen understanding of systemic racism. Use tools to reflect on your role in systemic oppression within education, and leave with new ideas for creating lasting change in your home or classroom.

Visit the Teacher’s Lounge to learn about the following topics.

 

  • Deepening Your Understanding of Race and Racism
  • Using Media to Know Better, Teach Better
  • Amplify Student Voice
  • Focusing on Young Learners
OTHER MEDIA RESOURCES

Community, Connecting, Cultivating, & Constructing Conversations through Literacy: a booklist by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Five questions kid should think about when watching media.

YDL’S ANTI-RACISM TOWN HALL SERIES

Meet community leaders working to empower kids and create a more equitable world, and find book lists and other resources you can use to learn more about talking as a family about race and racism. 

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