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August is National Black Business Month!

Laura Marti – August 3, 2021 The idea of Black Business Month is simple: support Black-owned businesses and organizations to promote greater economic freedom for the Black community. How did National Black Business Month begin? “The observance of #Blackbusinessmonth can be traced back to 2004 when Frederick E. Jordan, an engineering entrepreneur, teamed up with John William Templeton, president and

Learning to Love Again

Steps Toward Racial Healing Ruth Youn July 30, 2021 “That…is no excuse for what you said.” Was my African American friend right? Did I really have no excuse for the ignorant words I unknowingly spoke nearly a decade ago? Having been raised in a predominantly white neighborhood and attended predominantly white schools from preschool to college, I had never been

Diversity & Belonging in Nature

Who Can and Should Have Access to the Outdoors? Laura Marti – July 28, 2021 This summer, through social media, Brownicity has been highlighting creative and innovative people who are changing the faces we see outdoors, where for a long time Black and Brown people have been underrepresented. To lay a foundation for understanding why they are underrepresented outdoors, Carolyn

A Racial Healing, Antiracism Podcast

Remembering In Order to Heal Dan Berry – July 20, 2021 Hey everyone, Can I just say how much it blesses our entire Brownicity Learning Community that you are engaged in this journey of educating yourself about race/ism. Not everyone will take the steps you are taking to become a part of the solution needed to bring healing to our

Broadening Perspectives & Seeing Ourselves

Lucretia Berry, July 13, 2021 In April, our family joined Global Glory Chasers (GGC),  a subscription experience featuring a different country and culture each month. Designed by multicultural family and travel enthusiasts, the Gilmore-Youngs, GGC offers curated educational resources and culinary experiences for families and classrooms.  Peering through the windows of books, music, food, and cultural practices helps us not

3 Resources for Understanding Race & Our American Legal System

Dr. Gerardo Marti – July 6, 2021 In this series, Race, Religion, Politics – What We’re Not Supposed to Talk About, Dr. Marti shares scholarly resources that are helping to expand his understanding. Recently, I began to think much more about the relationship of race and our American legal system. Given that most of us grow up thinking of “the

4 R’s of a Racial Reckoning – Bridge Building Solutions

Dan Berry – June 29, 2021 Hey everyone! As we all know there has to be some changes in the way we go about educating people about race/ism. More and more white people are waking up to the reality that something is horribly wrong, but that’s where we get stuck. How do we move forward?   Brownicity and their development of

How I Talk About Race: My intention and impact resonate

by Lucretia Berry June 22, 2021. Originally published for/at (in)courage.me, May 17, 2021 Recently, I became exhausted and nauseated by the noise of Facebook and Instagram — so much so that I had to take a social media hiatus. Prior to my pause, I loved peeking through posts and images to get updates on my friends’ lives. I enjoyed broadening

5 Ways to Celebrate Loving Day

Lucretia Carter Berry – June 11, 2021 “If it wasn’t for the Civil Rights movement, I would not have been able to be born,” our daughter said at age seven.  She understood enough about our nation’s history of race-based laws, policies, and social practices to come to this realization on her own. She stomped around the living room furiously objecting.

Global Glory Chasers: Traveling the world from the comfort of home

Dorina Lazo Gilmore-Young – May 13, 2021 Sometimes when life hands you lemons, you have to make lemon meringue pie. Or maybe you go all in for lemon primavera pasta or a French lavender-infused lemon tart or Mediterranean garlic-lemon chicken kebabs! Well, you get the idea. Make lemonade if you have to, but don’t sit around feeling sour. This past

Honoring Dr. King & the Civil Rights Movement

by Dr. Tehia Starker-Glass What more do you know about Dr. King? We honor Dr. King every third Monday in January. But what do we really know about him when we move beyond his I Have A Dream speech? What do we know about his childhood or him as a student —  high school and college? These are the questions we

Our tee is listed among the ‘Most Popular!’ 

Tees, Tanks, Sweatshirts Choose your style and color! Brownicity – Many Hues, ONE Humanity — the word, the tagline, and the work — fosters space to expand our creative imaging for restoring our human family, fractured by toxic systems and narratives. When you wear ‘Many Hues, One Humanity,’  it will inspire and welcome the dialogue that folks long for.  Please engage in ‘the

‘4th of July to Me’ & 4 Things to do with Kids

By Dr. Tehia Starker-Glass, Brownicity Education Advisor  As I re-read Frederick Douglass’ 1852 speech, What, to the Slave is the 4th of July, I thought about how Douglass must have felt as he composed this speech. He articulated how he was hesitant about the speech believing that the audience may be there to hear something different. His reluctance sat with

5 Juneteenth Lesson Ideas

By Dr. Tehia Starker-Glass, Brownicity Education Advisor  Juneteenth is the combination of June and nineteenth, the day in 1865 that 250,000 enslaved Africans, in Galveston, TX, were told — two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation — that the Civil War had ended and slavery was no longer legal.  I did not grow up celebrating this holiday. But

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‘What LIES Between US’ Certified Instructor, Pastor Dan Berry

Pastor Dan Berry is one of Brownicity’s certified instructors for the What LIES Between Us group study.  He has pastored for 40 years in Iowa.  After pastoring in predominately white spaces for several years, he began to realize the need to bring about racial healing — healing from the race/ist ideology and construct — in the body of Christ.  For the last 30

Our online learning community is AMAZING because…

As an educator, I am so encouraged by our online learning community. Repairing ourselves and communities from race/ism requires continued learning, equipping, and encouragement. ‘Doing the hard work of love‘ can be overwhelming and depleting. You need more than a one-time talk or a charged discussion of opinions. Through our online learning community, we offer you what you deserve –  liberating education, hope-filled encouragement, and life-giving community.  Have

Experience our course face-to-face!

Dear prospective learners, We are teaching our Foundations course face-to-face in January! Foundations is our popular, soft on-boarding course, featured in our online learning community. It’s similar to our high school elective, What Is Race/ism and our church inspired study, What LIES Between Us – Fostering First Steps Toward Racial Healing. FOUNDATIONS – WHAT IS RACE/ISM? Open to the community! Please

‘3 in 30’ Podcast for Moms

Thank you for listening to 3 in 30 Podcast‘s episode 101: Why & How to Talk to Your Kids about Skin Tone & Race! Welcome to Brownicity – Many Hues, One Humanity! I am Lucretia Berry. I get to work with my husband, our three children, and a team of other families and professionals to create learning-centered experiences for moms like you.

Breathe Again by Niki Hardy

The assignment. Ask a few people who know you well, what they think your biggest strengths are and where they see you being brave in the midst of what you’re dealing with. — Niki Hardy (Breathe Again – Learning to Breathe Again, p. 65.) I followed the instructions as Niki laid out at the end of chapter three. Honestly, I

We’re Rooting for You!

You deserve a space and a community cultivated to nurture your growth. And we’ve created that just for you. Grab your CHARTER MEMBER spot today! We LOVE supporting our friends who want to learn how to contribute to racial healing and deconstructing race/ism. And, we know that the best way to help is on an ongoing basis, month after month. So, we’ve

Reconnection and Renewal: A Pilgrimage

by Karen McNary I came to the Virginia in Slavery Pilgrimage on Palm Sunday weekend feeling hurting but hopeful, exacerbated yet expectant. The weekend marked the end of the sixth week of the seven-week An American Lent devotional by the Repentance Project.  By this time my emotions were raw and real.  Daily reading about the intentional, pervasive ways Blacks have

Allow Me To Lament

The rich and greedy serenade their worshipers with siren songs of supremacy, scarcity, and manifest destiny.  Lies seize weakened, weekend minds. Forced, false, FEAR-filled desperation armed as ‘savior’ destroys sacred lives in sacred spaces. Meanwhile, the rich and greedy take the spoils for themselves, buy their offspring a private education, and repeat the cycle. (YEP! It’s all the same lie!)

Beyond February

I am embarrassed that I responded this way. But with my brow positioned to convey confusion, I thought to myself, ‘But wait! Its not February!’ My first grader loves to teach me what she learns in class. Some days, it feels like she enthusiastically recites every second of every interaction with teachers and peers. As a lover of learning, I

My white child on ‘Indian Day’

By Tiffany Trudewind Part 1. Seeing Color  My second grader filled the car with electric energy as he climbed in and handed me a sheet of paper with a class announcement.  It was finally here.  He had watched his older sister and brother experience fun second grade activities at this school and now it was his turn.  His class had been

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 forward to seeing you this

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 of adhering to the colorblind

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 chapters 1 – 4.  Meet us

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 stuff forever!  When I discovered

‘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 Skin Tone and Race with

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, if we are a social

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 about race and a two-episode podcast about

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 as a society at talking

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 with the ‘traditional’ depiction of

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.” We are all hues of

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 fact, it leaves them vulnerable

‘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 to develop community with others

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, 17% –one in six– of