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Accepting The Truth About Thanksgiving Prompts Healing

Dan Berry – November 22, 2022 By the time I was in grade school I had become fully indoctrinated into the narrative that Thanksgiving somehow had its roots in fostering feelings of generosity and gratefulness. In third grade, I remember writing a story, ironically, on a Big Chief writing tablet. The story was about how there was this beautiful, harmonious

Where are the Wailing Women?

November 17, 2022 It takes courage to stave off discouragement. It takes faith to reach beyond pain. And it takes love to wrestle with disappointment instead of surrendering to it. Brave women wail; and we all are better because of it. Natasha Sistrunk Robinson and an ensemble of Women of Color invite you to engage their reality in a collection

Finding myself in the story – Uncovering the history of Serbian Immigrants

Laura Marti – November 15, 2022 Feature Image: From left: My great grandmother Eva, my great uncle Ray, my great grandfather Joseph Hillrich (changed his last name from Illitch), and my maternal grandmother Helen (Hillrich) Triffun. When my grandmother was in her 20s, her mother passed away due to complications from a back injury. I have been through the Brownicity course

Embracing America’s Indigenous Civilizations & History

Tracey McKee – November 10, 2022 As a nation, we are celebrating Native American Heritage Month right now. And, if you’ve read some of my previous posts, you know that for me, this means a dive into history. For the past several weeks, I have been delving into lots of different sources to learn more about our Native American neighbors’

Becoming a Growth Teacher

Dan Berry – October 27, 2022 Dr. Lucretia Carter Berry and Dr. Tehia Starker Glass have published a new book called, Teaching for Justice and Belonging. As we all know, learning to talk about race and have conversations that are productive and healing can sometimes elude us.  This leads to shutting down and not having the important conversations. Their book

Hispanic or Latino/a/e/x?

Tracey McKee – October 13, 2022 We are in the midst of National Hispanic Heritage Month – a month dedicated to celebrating the culture, accomplishments, contributions, and histories of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. These Americans represent nearly 20% of our total population, and their countless contributions range from

Iconic Latino American composers connected me to a broader multicultural world

Laura Marti – October 4, 2022 Feature image: Composers (clockwise from upper left): Antonio Sanchez, Germaine Franco, Camilo Lara, Lalo Schifrin, María Grever, Gustavo Santaolalla and Lin-Manuel Miranda. 📸: Mike Gallegos for NPR Did you know that Latino musicians and composers are responsible for some of the most iconic music in the film industry? As part of a “Latinos in Hollywood”

Susan’s Immigration and Education Story

Lucretia Berry  •   September 29, 2022  Susan’s story is an excerpt from Teaching for Justice & Belonging, a Journey for Educators & Parents (August, 2022). Included in chapter 7, Weed: Uproot Growth Inhibitors, Dr. Tehia Starker Glass and I list common beliefs and practices that work against cultivating justice and belonging. We then offer guided reflection and suggested practices to

Cultivating Justice & Belonging – An encouraging perspective

Lucretia Berry  •   September 27, 2022  For me, fostering racial healing, building our capacity for antiracism, and manifesting justice resonates JOY! I feel honored to engage in this movement with committed co-laborers. The synergy is life-giving. However, sometimes I get frustrated by imposed challenges. There are times I sit discouraged in isolation as I contemplate a way forward. I ruminate,

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)