In this issue: nurturing resilient, hopeful kids in a toxic climate; creating positive images for Native children; a teacher’s “black is beautiful” video for and with her students; plus books and an app for kids!

View all archived newsletters

Hello and welcome (back) to EmbraceRace, a community at work raising the next brave generation. Thank you for the posts, articles and ideas you continue to send us (shout out to Zee & Arielle in particular!). You’ll find some of them in this newsletter.

We want to encourage you to register for the next FREE, online EmbraceRace Conversation, Secret Kindness Agents: Raising Inclusive Kids, which is happening Tuesday, April 25th at 5:30 pm PT/8:30 pm ET. Award-winning educator Ferial Pearson joins us in conversation and takes questions.

Secret Kindness Agents was born as a reaction to a high-profile school tragedy that might have been prevented. To combat the fear and despair she felt, Ferial approached her students with the fledgling idea of becoming Secret Kindness Agents. Together they created a kindness protocol and practice that grew and spread to other schools, households and communities across the country.

Register even if you can't make it live. After the event, all registrants will receive the recording and discussion questions with which to extend the conversation in your circles and community.

Until then,

Andrew and Melissa

The color of chicken! Naming whiteness with kids

“As part of my effort to become better at recognizing and naming Whiteness, I’ve spent a lot of time finding words to describe White … I collect words to describe the endless variation in White skin color to my kids and the kids in my life. Some recent favorites: honey milk, parmesan, ginger pudding ...”
The color of chicken.
Pita Oxholm, EmbraceRace
[5-minute read]

Sowing seeds with my daughter in a troubling climate

“Supporting children through this political climate is much like the gardening process. My daughter and other kids are the seedlings requiring extra care and support, much like a stressed plant in an unwelcoming and unexpected weather pattern.”
Sowing Seeds with My Daughter in a Troubling Climate
Rasheena Fountain, EmbraceRace
[4-minute read]

Creating positive representations for Native kids and communities

“If this project reaches large, massive audiences, that’s cool,” she said. “But my goal is to create this new narrative for Native kids so they can see themselves differently. Because right now they don’t see themselves in mass media and pop culture, and when they do it’s in a stereotypical way that’s demeaning and oppressive.”


Video: Teacher creates “Black is Beautiful” video with and for her students

“Hoffman made the song as a testament to the beauty of young girls of color, who are sometimes insecure about their hair, weight and skin tone … The video, which includes Hoffman and her actual students from Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy in Dorchester, follows a young girl who doubts her beauty as Hoffman sings words of affirmation: ‘Who are you to say that I’m not beautiful/It’s your own insecurity/Because I know and believe/My black is beautiful”.

Teacher Makes Touching Video With Her Students To Reaffirm ‘Black Is Beautiful’
Zahara Hill, Huffington Post

[4-minute video]

Why talented Black and Hispanic students can go undiscovered

"Why did the new screening system find so many more gifted children, especially among blacks and Hispanics? It did not rely on teachers and parents to winnow students." [emphasis added]
Why Talented Black and Hispanic Students Can Go Undiscovered
Susan Dynarski, New York Times
[4-minute read]

Where did all the black teachers go?

“Today, many of the women who taught at Booker T. would instead have become lawyers, bankers or executives. But back then, discrimination that would ease with the passage of time had ruled out those careers and made teaching the default choice for the capable Negro women who then poured their aspirations into us.”
Where Did All the Black Teachers Go?
Brent Staples, New York Times
[4-minute read]
Resources to use with kids


10 exciting new middle grade books with Latinx main characters

"As a middle school educator, author, and blogger at Latinxs in Kid Lit, I am always seeking out books by Latinx authors and about Latinx characters, especially those for middle grade readers.… Here are ten titles that I plan to buy, read, and share with my students."

10 Exciting New Middle Grade Books with Latinx Main Characters
Cindy R. Rodriguez, Read Brightly
[3-minute read]

Free app helps kids find children’s books and young adult books with protagonists of color

Useful and created by college student Kaya Thomas who writes: “I knew that if my app had even helped one person feel represented and show them that their stories are being told too, I had done the right thing. This is why technology needs a diverse set of developers making software.”
College Student Creates A Mobile Directory Of 600 Books That Prioritize Diversity
Katherine Brooks, Huffington Post
[3-minute read]

Read more stories from the EmbraceRace community on Medium

Your turn

What's happening in your corner of race and raising kids? Email us at (or simply respond to this email).

EmbraceRace is grateful for the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the NoVo Foundation - and people like you!
Copyright © 2016 EmbraceRace, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp