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Resisting Assimilation, Embracing ALL of Me

by Xochitl Dixon •   September 22, 2022 My parents immigrated from Mexico as children, grew up in California, and applied for American citizenship as adults. Longing to give me a chance for a better life, they changed my Spanish middle name to English and dropped my first name when they registered me for kindergarten. Though I’d been speaking Spanish since

Racial Healing Begins with Taking Responsibility

Dan Berry – September 20, 2022 Ten years into our pastoral ministry, we felt called to pioneer our second church.  Swallowed up in a predominantly White state (Iowa), the vision for an ethnically or culturally diverse ministry came out of nowhere. We quickly adopted a mission statement that read: Helping all people find and live their lives in Christ, bridging

Telling Our Story of Slavery

Tracey McKee – September 15, 2022 Several years ago, I participated in Brownicity’s What Lies Between Us course. It started me on a journey to understand the racial division that plagues our country and hopefully, to participate in its mending. I learned about the implicit biases I have, the holes in the history I was taught, and I learned about the American

Listening to Latino Voices and Stories

Laura Marti – September 13, 2022 Hispanic American Heritage Month starts this week and runs from September 15 – October 15. Beginning on September 15 signifies the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries which include Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua (all on September 15th), Mexico (on September 16th), and Chile (September 18).  I get excited about

11 Strategies for Antiracist Conversations with White kids

Rebekah Gienapp •  September 6, 2022  I’m Rebekah Gienapp and I love taking adventures with my kids to help them learn about the world around them. Sometimes the adventures are hiking or exploring a museum, and sometimes the adventures are having thoughtful conversations about race.  Many parents of White kids want to talk to their children about race, but aren’t

Creating Classrooms That Support Mental Health

Zinobia Bennefield PhD ✏️ August 25, 2022 Zinobia Bennefield PhD is a professor, researcher, and youth mental health consultant. She combines tools from multiple disciplines in order to help professionals understand and better meet the psychological needs of children and adolescents in culturally competent ways.  Her original research has been published in Research in the Sociology of Health Care, Child

Why ‘Teaching for Justice & Belonging’ is #1 New Release

Lucretia Berry  •   August 19, 2022  Thank you for helping Teaching for Justice & Belonging reach #1 New Release in Inclusive Education Methods and #1 New Release in Parent Participation in Education.  Amazon Here is why this is great news! Educators, caregivers, and leaders are tasked with shifting a society with deep roots in  racial injustice to a culture brimming

Changing The World From The Inside Out By Loving The Skin You Are In 

Rachel Hatteberg Walt  •   August 16, 2022  Feature image: Rachel introducing Hues of You to the Craftingood Community and Customers When Lucretia let me know that her new activity book, Hues of You would be published and would be produced in time for Craftingood’s Self-Kindness Subscription Box to go out in March, I was ecstatic! It felt very kismet. Years

How Far Have We Come Since George Floyd’s Death?

Tracey McKee – August 11, 2022 The death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, was a wake-up call for many across our nation, especially those of us who are white. Video footage shared on Facebook by Darnella Frazier allowed us to watch how Derek Chauvin unnecessarily pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for over 8 excruciating minutes resulting in

The Narrative of Racial Difference

Dan Berry – July 26, 2022 Those of us who have taken the course, What Lies Between Us, have learned a lot about the narrative of racial difference. What is a narrative?  In my journey, I learned that it is a story that is told over and over whether real, exaggerated, or fictional that is used to convey or reinforce

Does talking about racism make you uncomfortable?

Tracey McKee – June 14, 2022 Does talking about racism make you uncomfortable?  If it does, you are not alone.  As a middle-aged White woman, I find it hard to talk about racism, especially with people of color POC.  For me, I worry so much about saying the wrong thing. I worry about what people will think of me if

The Legacy of Hercules and Hemings – America’s Black Founding Chefs

Feature Image: Stephen Satterfield | Photo Source: Black Film and TV Laura Marti – July 13 2022 Some friends recently recommended the Netflix docuseries High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America (Netflix 2021), which traces the rich history of Black Heritage cooking and how it has influenced American cuisine. It piqued my interest and I wanted to learn

My Launch to Liberation – An Antiracism Learning Journey

Lucretia Berry  •   July 7, 2022  “What do I do?”  “What do I do next?” We hear these questions a lot. The sentiment is genuine, but we believe the better question is “Where should I begin?”  (Teaching for Justice and Belonging, chapter 3) Ironically, emboldened White supremacy on display has motivated masses of educators, parents, and leaders to arouse the

Teaching Kids about Race/ism Does NOT Have to be Hard

Lucretia Berry  •   June 28, 2022  I have observed that the number one reason parents and educators find it challenging to talk with kids about race/ism is because in an effort to be comprehensive and impactful, we try to cover too much complexity and content in too little time. Also, many adults often wait to teach/learn about race/ism when something

A Viral Message Shows How Representation Matters in Medicine

Laura Marti – June 21 2022 In December 2021 an illustration of a Black fetus in the womb went viral on social media. People commented that it was the first time they had seen a depiction of a dark-skinned fetus or pregnant woman. Have you ever seen a medical illustration featuring a Black body? I can’t say that I remember

Ashley’s Sack

Tracey McKee * June 10, 2022 A cotton sack, three handfuls of pecans, a tattered dress, and a piece of braided hair.  I have spent the past few weeks reading about these items that, at first glance, seem an oddly paired grouping. The key to understanding this group of things is to understand the context in which they were gathered

2022 Speech, Language and Communication Early Years Summit – FREE

Lucretia Berry  •   June 2, 2022  I’m delighted to say I’m a featured speaker for the 2022 Speech, Language andCommunication Early Years Summit. The Summit is FREE to watch until June 5th. You also have the chance to buy the recordings if you want (but it’s completely optional). Click the button for details and signup. The summit features an international

The Colorful Image of God

When this post goes live, less than three weeks will have passed since the horrific, racially- motivated shooting near Buffalo, NY.  As I thought about what I wanted to share in my post, I couldn’t not start with the tragedy that took place only 48 hours ago. I watched coverage on the news last night, learning more about the victims,

Part 3 – Them Damn Joneses

Anthony Bittner   •   May 19, 2022 “Hi. How are you? Is your mother’s name Roxann? Are you originally from Saginaw?  I’m writing because I am looking for an Anthony Todd Bittner.” That’s the message I got from an unfamiliar sender on a Tuesday morning in July of 2013.  And that was the day I’d begin a journey that would

The Controversial Court Case of Fred Korematsu — A Story of Exclusion 

Laura Marti – May 17, 2022 Fred T. Korematsu was a national civil rights hero, although we don’t often hear his story. He courageously fought for civil rights – as a Japanese American whose rights were taken away from him. His defiance led to a historic test of liberty and an infamous Supreme Court precedent that still looms over American

Creating Common Memory to Build Common Ground

Tracey McKee – May 12, 2022 I was reading through some of the posts on the Brownicity blog the other day, and I came across a quote in Erin Phelps’ November ’21 post that really resonated with me. In the post, Erin shared about reconnecting to her indigenous roots here in North Carolina. This reconnection to her ancestors’ community has

An Earnest Invitation

Dan Berry – May 10, 2022 Hey friends. For the last 30 years I have chased a dream God put in my heart about bridging divides that have plagued our country, communities, and churches. This dream brought a lot of people together from all walks of life.  We found ourselves in an ethnically and culturally diverse family. There was a

Healthy Responses When Our Kids Say That ‘Ethnic’ Food Is Gross

Michelle Ami Reyes •   May 5, 2022 My kids adore the Elephant & Piggie Book Series by Mo Willems.  Recently, we read one of their book installments called “I Really Love Slop.” In the story, Piggie excitedly tells her friend, Gerald the Elephant, that “pigs really, really, really, really, really like slop!” She holds up a big blue bowl filled

Looking for bridge building solutions?

Dan Berry – April 19, 2022 Hi friends! I am a certified instructor for two courses that I am offering this May! I would love for you to enroll and spread the word! ONE I will teach Dr. Lucretia Berry’s foundation building course, What Lies Between Us via ZOOM for five consecutive Tuesdays, May 17th thru June 14, 7-8:30PM CT (8ET/6MT/5PT).

Origins Part 2 – To Be the Change

Anthony Bittner   •   April 14, 2022 It wasn’t long after those first bits of exposure to the beauty of Blackness that I began to explore the world of policy and politics.  Prior to then, I was in no way politically or socially aware.  I didn’t really have my own thoughts regarding the issues or the parties.  I grew up

Standing on the Shoulders of Judge Constance Baker Motley

Laura Marti – April 12, 2022 Last week, I shared the excitement of seeing Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmed as the first Black woman justice to sit on the United States Supreme Court. Since then, it has brought so much joy to read accounts and hear interviews of the importance of her confirmation. I couldn’t be more happy for the many

Opal Lee, Grandmother of Juneteenth

Tracey McKee – April 7, 2022 I sadly admit that I had never heard of Juneteenth until I began to see press coverage of its being made a federal holiday last summer. For those who might be unaware as well, despite the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, some 250,000 enslaved in Texas were unaware they were

Another Hidden Figure: Real Estate Magnate Josephine N. Leary

Laura Marti – March 29, 2022 Feature image: The Duke University Digital Repository I recently walked into a Barnes and Noble with my husband. Truth be told, I’m not a big reader because I get discouraged that I can’t retain what I read, and my ability to sit down and focus has diminished as I’ve gotten older. So I don’t

Liberation Bound: Our Journey Toward Solidarity

 Afrika Afeni Mills •   March 24, 2022 My parents taught me to be aware and proud of my African ancestry. Although we did not know the specific African nations our ancestors had been taken from, I knew that Black History did not begin with enslavement, but with the brilliance, strength, and beauty of African empires and communities. As I continued

The Voice of Anna Julia Haywood Cooper

Laura Marti – March 22, 2022 Feature image: Public Domain Image Anna Julia Haywood Cooper (August 10, 1858 – February 27, 1964) was an American author, educator, sociologist, and speaker, truly one of the most prominent African-American scholars in United States history.  Her Early Life Anna Julia Cooper was born in Raleigh, North Carolina to Hannah Stanley (who was enslaved)

Origins – To Be Black

Anthony Bittner   •   March 17, 2022 I came into my Blackness late in the game.  As a child of mixed race who was raised by my white mother in rural Michigan, I had no connection to my Black father, my Black family, or Black culture.  As a result, it wasn’t something that I actively spent time thinking about.  It

Welcome, Neighbor?

Tracey McKee – March 10, 2022 My husband and I just moved this past week. Our daughters are grown, and it became apparent that we needed less house for just the two of us. While the move made perfect sense for us, I found myself sad at moments because our moving marked the end of an era in our lives.

Are the Lights Really On?

Dan Berry – March 8, 2022 Who would have ever thought that stepping into enlightenment, when it comes to racial understanding, could be a bad thing? That it could even be the very thing that causes us to stumble? Like most White people, I lived in darkness, devoid of any level of racial understanding for way too long.  When I

Hues of You – The Origin Story

Lucretia Berry  •   March 3, 2022 “Mommy, today at school, I learned that we are all shades of brown!” our preschooler announced at the dinner table. I perked up and leaned in to listen. She matter-of-factly explained, ‘Daddy is a little brown, you are really brown, and I am medium brown!” I was ecstatic! I could hardly believe it.  You

Women’s History Month Resources

Laura Marti – March 1, 2022 It’s Women’s History Month! To begin this month with a focus on women and the many contributions they’ve made, we want to provide you with a few amazing resources that you can explore for WHM 2022. The WHM websites have an abundance of resources, so dig in and let’s learn! ORIGIN AND CELEBRATION OF

Anti-bias, Anti-racism, Decolonized History & Social Studies in a Kids Magazine

Alexandria Scott – February 24, 2022 About 3 years ago, I had some experiences with my oldest daughter that helped cement for me the vital importance of an education rich with not just diversity education but anti-bias/anti-racism education and decolonized history/social studies – and that education needs to start early. As a Black mother, this had always been a strong

Hues of You – Cultivating Competence & Confidence

Lucretia Berry  •   February 17, 2022  (This piece is an excerpt from Hues of You – An Activity Book for Learning About the Skin You Are In) We constantly support early learning about colors by sharing facts, singing songs, and playing games. We enthusiastically teach our children the hues of the rainbow and point out the red bus, blue sky,

Three Black Americans Who Made History…

That I Did Not Know About Laura Marti – February 15, 2022 I’ve made an effort during Black History Month to learn about African Americans who are “new”  to me, and who have made important contributions to our country. It’s become a part of my antiracism journey, because I recognize they have not always been “seen” throughout our history, so

To Heal, Learn/Teach WHOLE History

Tracey McKee – February 10, 2022 I love history. I love to dive into history books, and when I have time for leisurely reading, it’s historical fiction for me. When opportunity presents itself, I love to travel to places on the map where you can walk the streets and see history, even touch it — restored buildings, cobblestone paths, ruins,

Voting Rights and the Black Women Who Have Fought for Them

Laura Marti – February 8, 2022 February is Black History Month, and as we reflect on the contributions that Black Americans have made throughout our history, I am inspired by the role of Black women in the voting rights movement. From Harriet Tubman to Ida B. Wells to LaTosha Brown, Black women have played a crucial role in the advancement