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From Civil Rights to Black Liberation: They're Not Too Young to Young to Talk About Race (or Gender)!

"As the civil rights struggle widened into a national liberation struggle, many activists began looking for political strategies that went beyond the integrationism of mainstream civil rights groups." Liberation School


Jodie Patterson: Gender is Obsolete

Jodie is a mother of five and an active LGBTQI advocate. Professionally, she is a nationally recognized entrepreneur and distinctive voice within the beauty industry, having co-founded two companies, Doobop—an online beauty marketplace catered to women of color—and Georgia by Jodie Patterson—an all-natural line of skin care. She lives in Brooklyn, New York where fellow entrepreneur Joseph Ghartey and she raises their children with love, education, and family solidarity.

“The story of trans people, to me, was shaping up to be very similar to the story of Black people,” Patterson observes. “Stories in which some have tried to rewrite people’s identities to serve their own needs.” A pleasant surprise came when they explained to Penelope’s religious Ghanaian grandfather, to refer to Penelope as “he”: “Ayy! It’s no problem at all! In my language of Twi, Jodie, we don’t use gender pronouns,” he replied. Patterson’s raw tour de force illustrates the strength of a loving and determined mother." Jodie Patterson

Black Lives Matter at Schools

Bias Isn't Just A Police Problem, It's A Preschool Problem

Southern Poverty Law Center


Professional Resource

Talking to small children about race

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Black, Latino Two-Parent Families Have Half The Wealth Of White Single Parents

Kid-Friendly Language Around Black Lives Matter

Creating a Brave Space for Dialogue

A Critical Race Reading of Dr. Seuss

Diverse Books Authors Will Help NEA, RIF Celebrate Read Across America

Forget Wealth And Neighborhood. The Racial Income Gap Persists

NY Times

As a Black Mother, My Parenting Is Always Political

Learning About U.S. Slavery Through Trade Cards


1000 Black Girl Books Resource Guide

Teaching your kids not to “see” race is a terrible idea, studies have found

It’s never too early to talk race with your kids

Black Girls Viewed As Less Innocent Than White Girls, Georgetown Law Research Finds

Lee & Low Blog