Getting to know ‘What LIES Between Us’

Williamson’s Chapel UMC and Morrow’s Chapel UMC (Mooresville, NC) are gearing up to host the next What LIES Between Us  5-week series, Sundays, September 9th through October 7th. Childcare is sponsored! …and the children will be fed dinner! …and because its open to the public, you can invite friends! What an incredible deal! LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE! We look…

Let’s Get ColorFull!!

Our eight year old daughter and I (Lucretia) had the privilege of joining Latasha Morrison (Be The Bridge to Racial Unity) to interview Dorena Williamson, author of ColorFull. ColorFull is a children’s book that takes a life-giving approach to talking about skin tone and race! ColorFull encourages us to acknowledge and celebrate the many hues of humanity instead…

5 Steps to Participate in the Workshop Series

To participate in the 3-part workshop series on ‘Raising White Kids’ by Jennifer Harvey: Purchase ‘Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America’ by Jennifer Harvey.  RSVP “Going” to our facebook event and then share the event with your friends.  Meet us at Advent Coworking* on Sunday, March 4 at 2pm, ready to discuss…

My Little Book: Beyond Three Old White Men

Rummaging through keep-sake boxes, looking for memorabilia for an unrelated project, I found this old friend! My little book–just as I had remembered it! I was elated and relieved. I thought I’d left it at my mom’s house with other childhood keep-sakes, which meant that I may never see it again…moms can’t be expected to store everybody’s…

‘FRESH TAKE’ Follow Up! Resources for Talking Race/ism with Children

Did you attend the Fresh Take Conference last Friday? Were you intrigued by the keynote address, If We Don’t Keep Them in the Dark, They Will Light Up The World? Did you attend the complementary workshops, How Caregivers and Teachers Discuss Race with Children (Dr. Tehia Starker-Glass of UNCC) and Building the Capacity for Healthy Conversations about…

Teaching Social Justice Lessons for MLK Day

by Dr. Tehia Starker-Glass, Associate Professor of Elementary Education and Educational Psychology in the department of Reading and Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As caregivers and teachers,  how can we move beyond the popular, but over-simplified ‘dream’ lesson, and truly honor all that Dr. King and the nation did to move civil rights forward?   Furthermore,…

Don’t miss out!

If you enjoyed this group study and would like to do it again or invite friends and family to attend, this is the perfect opportunity! The series takes place over five consecutive Sundays (1/14-2/11), 4-5:30pm. Register NOW to reserve your spot.  To reserve childcare, email Julie Wentzat jwentz@mpumc.org. Have you seen our latest newsletter? It features an amazing TED Talk about talking to children…

Why are we so bad at talking with kids about skin tone and race?

Why are we so bad at talking with children about skin tone and race? If we don’t keep them in the dark, children will light up the world.” This is the revelation that inspired this talk, which I shared at TEDx Charlotte (October 2017). I share a few real life instances where people exhibit how horrible we are…

Saying ‘No Thanks’ to Lying to Kids about Thanksgiving

by Dr. Tehia Starker Glass, UNCC’s College of Education. Tis the season for depicting the stories that coincide with the holidays!  Thanksgiving is up next and my husband and I have the responsibility of educating our 18 month old and  3 year old about what and why we celebrate. We choose to say, “No Thanks” to going along…

Building the Capacity for Color: Navigating Race/ism Conversations with Children

Pursuing Extraordinary Outcomes in Public Education National Conference UNC Charlotte Center City October 30, 2017 Presenters: Lucretia Carter Berry, Brownicity.com, Tehia Starker Glass, UNC Charlotte This presentation represents a university and community partnership of assisting parents to discuss race with their children. /broun’ isədē/ Brown represents melanin. Ethnicity means “that which we have in common.”…

Normalizing Informed & Healthy Conversations About Race

Although this post was created for a school’s parents event, any and everyone is welcome to engage and share this content. At this month’s Parent Advisory, Lucretia will lead us in an important discussion. Telling children, “ we don’t see color,” or “everyone is the same,” does not help them understand that race should not matter. In…

‘What LIES Between Us’ Fall 2017, CLT

The next “What LIES Between US‘ five-week course  is being hosted by Church at Charlotte, Sunday evenings beginning September 10th from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. We designed this series specifically for ‘beginners’ to the race conversation and analysis. Participants gain historical and social context for racial division, support for self-reflection, healing, and growth, and have the opportunity…

June 12th is Loving Day

This year’s Loving Day (2017) marks the 50th anniversary of the1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia which struck down all anti-miscegenation laws remaining in sixteen U.S. states. Learn more at LovingDay.org. What has changed in 50 years? According to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, in 2015,…

Interviewed by Anjelica

We continue to be pleasantly surprised when we learn that someone is interested in the Brownicity story; that people outside of our family are getting something from it; that they are moved and inspired by it. I see so much division and fist pumping, but very few people stepping across the aisle to offer a gentle…

Parents & Teachers: Help! Get a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

Parents and teachers: Participate in this study (Parent Survey, Teacher Survey) conducted by our very own Dr. Tehia Starker Glass of UNCC’s College of Education. If you are one of the first 50 participants for this study, you will receive a $50 Amazon gift card!  Simply, complete both the survey AND an interview by July 15, 2017.  In…

The Strength of Vulnerability

(Church at Charlotte’s City Series Podcast with guest Dr. Lucretia Carter Berry of Brownicity.) What is she going to say about race? Who is she going to blame?” These are the thoughts that I imagine are behind those wide eyes staring forward at me.  I can feel people subconsciously strapping in for what ever wild…

Brownicity 2016 Highlights

We entered 2016 knowing that we were to continue to disrupt the race narrative and send a dismantling ripple effect to expose the racial legacy of lies and injustice. Without knowing exactly how we would do this, we aligned with the disruption! 2016 seems to have been the year to shape and catapult us into who we are becoming. 2016 invited…

Two Weeks!

I don’t think we’ve ever been this vulnerable and bold on stage! icuTalks and Brownicity joined forces two weeks, to the day, of the shooting of Charlotte citizen, Keith Lamont Scott which inspired protests by fellow Charlotteans. Two weeks marks the time when people begin to abandon those who are grieving and go back to ‘normalcy.’…

‘What LIES Between Us’ — What Does Love Sound Like?

In line with our mission to encourage, equip and empower families to engage in healing and life-giving conversations about race, we offer a group experience called What LIES Between Us. The facilitated sessions, journal, and content are designed to foster first steps toward racial healing. Currently, the sessions are being hosted by Ann Fields. The…

What are kids learning… when we are not teaching…?

by Lucretia Carter Berry This is Ali Michael. Listen to her story. Are you comfortable talking about skin tone and race? Why or why not? What were you taught about race in your home? In your school? How were you taught about race? Do you have ‘race talk’ anxiety? My four year old, while watching…

Race: Are We So Different?

South Carolina State Museum – Family Field Trip Join us for our FIRST field trip, Saturday, August 27! (We say first because we have already started planning more). For a limited engagement, the South Carolina State Museum is hosting the blockbuster exhibit, RACE ARE WE SO DIFFERENT?, a project of the American Anthropological Association and funded…

“I can swim” Thank you, Simone Manuel!

by Lucretia Carter Berry When Simone Manuel won, I heard the beautiful sound of false beliefs being flushed down the drain. I love that sound! And with that sound, more and more the asinine belief system established by race ideology loses it grip. Olympians are made when talent, hard work, perseverance, opportunity and support align.…

Race: Are We So Different? FIELD TRIP

Join us for our FIRST field trip, Saturday, August 27! (We say first because we have already started planning more). For a limited engagement, the South Carolina State Museum is hosting the blockbuster exhibit, RACE ARE WE SO DIFFERENT?, a project of the American Anthropological Association and funded by the Ford Foundation & National Science Foundation.…

#Prayer

by Lucretia Carter Berry They walked with Jesus witnessing him perform many miracles. Out of all the amazing things that the disciples could have asked Jesus to teach them to do, the only thing they requested was to be taught how to pray? Why? Weren’t they entrenched in a culture full of daily prayers–great prayers that they inherited…

For Parents: 7 Steps Toward Healthy Race Conversations with Kids

This article by Lucretia Carter Berry  was first featured earlier this year in For Every Mom, entitled Your Children See Color—and It’s Beautiful! Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Talk About It. We thought we’d feature it here as we’ve recently been inundated with questions about how to engage in change. These 7 steps are a good start.…

Hair is not a race! Hair is not ethnic!

Hair is not a race! Hair is not ethnic! All people have ethnicity! Beauty belongs to everyone! There is no black hair, white hair, good hair or bad hair. And there is no such thing as ethnic hair or ethnic beauty! The beauty aisles divide us along imaginary lines conceived by an ideology meant to…

From ‘Black and White’ to Brownicity: Our story of transcending race.

We are Nathan and Lucretia Berry, creators of Brownicity: The Art & Beauty of Living & Loving Beyond Race. Brownicity (pronounced like ethnicity) is our platform for disrupting the race narrative! The term, Brownicity is a combination of the words ‘brown,’ as in we are all hues of brown and ‘ethnicity,’ as in that which we have…

#WOKE

We finished our first 21-Day Race Ideology Detox. People gathered each Wednesday for a month to primarily not talk about race, but to actually learn about race and view this socio-political construct through the lens of faith. Two churches from different denominations came together to host the weekly meetings. You can read more about the…

Introducing our 21-Day Race Ideology Detox!

We reformatted our initial Brown-tables sessions into twenty-one days of awakening, reflective thinking and growing our capacity to foster healing and change. For the month of April, Independence Hill Baptist Church along with Jonahville AME Zion Church will be hosting the detox! To participate, join us each Wednesday at 6:15pm at IHBC. Childcare is provided! Please feel…

I’m Not Racist…Am I? review & reflections

by Lucretia Carter Berry I’m Not Racist!…Am I? is a feature documentary about how this next generation is going to confront racism. The film’s unique focus on kids and family immediately grabbed our attention. So a few of us Brownicity moms moved heaven and earth to attend the screening at Trinity Episcopal School in Charlotte,…

Do you practice?

Session 5 If you could accumulate the time you’ve spent longing, wishing, hoping and praying for a better world, how many hours would it be? Probably a lot. I know as an African-American woman married to a white man and mom of multi-ethnic children, I contemplate a world where race does not interfere with the…

Active Agents

We’ve All Been Duped We’ve all been duped! Tricked into thinking that race is WHO WE ARE–is ESSENTIAL to our identity! Tricked into thinking that race is entitled to our allegiance. And so we surrender to its SIREN, calling us to COAGULATE into sides, fortified to defend against the OPPOSITION–the opposition that race created. Yes,…

Tribe Vibe: Makers of Safe Spaces

Session 2 Our ‘Tribe Vibe’ was melodious, complimentary, harmonious and groovy. Our instruments were our hums, our hands tapping on our chests and tables, our words and our laughter all set to syncopation. Honestly, I believe we were surprised at how well we flowed together as ONE unified choir while maintaining the unique vibe of…

Nights at the Brown-tables

Session 1 We drew self-portraits with skin-tone colored crayons and gave our skin tones wonderful names like all-spice, peanut butter cookie, peach, moca, snicker-doodle and ‘sugar cookie. Sitting at round tables, looking into each other’s faces, we told our stories of what brought us there. We agreed to SAFE SPACE Guidelines to keep the atmosphere healthy…

Birth of Brownicity

When asked to be guest contributor for Real Talk About Race for the January 2014 edition of The Tablet, Wake Forest Divinity student publication, Nathan Berry candidly revealed our family’s ideas, perspective and approach to ‘race.’ The title, Brown Like Me reflects our approach to conscious de-racing — exposing the lie and illusion of race…