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Why & How to Build Racial Literacy with Kids

from Dr. Jennifer Harvey’s 12 Days of Antiracist Action Lucretia Berry  •  July 16, 2024  Last month, I got the unique opportunity to contribute a lesson on building racial literacy with children for Dr. Jennifer Harvey‘s free course, 12 Days of Antiracist Action, in partnership with other leading antiracist thinkers, including Chris Crass, and Chanté Griffin. Each day, an email with a short video

How to Start the New School Year with Summer Camp

5 Days of ‘Hues of You’ Fun Lucretia Berry  •  July 9, 2024  Teachers and school leaders, I can imagine that you are thinking, ‘launching the new school year with summer camp’ makes no sense. To clarify, Dr. Tehia Starker Glass and I recommend that you start each school year with a few of these lessons from Hues Of You

Working at the intersections of Asian American identity, mental health, and racial trauma

Laura Marti – July 05, 2024 The US has experienced multiple waves of immigration as policies changed over decades. One of the waves was in 1965, when Congress replaced the national origins system with a preference system designed to unite immigrant families and attract skilled immigrants to the United States. This bill drastically shifted the source countries of immigrants away from

How has being white shaped my life?

Tracey McKee – April 23, 2024 I, like most white people, can spot flagrant, inhuman acts towards people of color as racist.  And most of us know that snide remarks and intentional slights cross the line. But what about the less obvious forms racism can take, like trying to relate to a Black person by sharing how you have felt oppressed

The Future of Cultural Pedagogy: Why reframing our understanding of culture is urgent

Jyoti Gupta – June 18, 2024 As a social justice educator, I’ve been teaching children for years about inclusion and belonging. I went on to incorporate what they — and I — surmised  from these workshops into my critically acclaimed children’s book “Different Differenter: An Activity Book About Skin Color.” Now, I’m working on the follow-up, “Yesterday, Nexterday: An Activity Book

How Can We Help?

Dan Berry  •  June 11, 2024 How many times have people asked this question without understanding what they are asking?   Good intentions lead us into the ask, but in reality, most of the time we secretly hope we don’t have to get involved or be faced with the answer. In the last decade when horrific racial events would happen, I

A Letter of Appreciation to Co-creators of Justice & Belonging

RE: Mental Health Awareness Month Lucretia Berry  •  May 14, 2024  Dear co-creators of justice and belonging, First, I want you to know that I appreciate the seeds you are boldly and consistently sowing toward cultivating a more love-inspired community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. It’s been a journey, hasn’t it? The road of anti-racism work is

Decolonizing The Great Commission

Laura Marti – April 30, 2024 If you grew up in church like I did, my title could sound sacrilegious. At a recent conference that I attended on “Decolonizing The Great Commission,” speakers highlighted the urgent call to reexamine the ways in which Christianity has been complicit in systems of oppression and violence. Over the course of the two days, it

The Path to Understanding Race: Curiosity, Respect, and Humility

Tracey McKee – April 23, 2024 I have been learning about race and racism for about five years now.  Police shootings, Black Lives Matter marches, and Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem made me stop and wonder what was happening in our country.  I was born white in 1970 in the South, and because racism seemed better than

The Journey Beyond Diversity

Dan Berry  •  April 16, 2024 In athletics there is a phrase that has always floated around… “Where there is no pain, there is no gain.” I quickly learned that with any victory stand celebration there was always a journey behind the scenes.  A journey that could be painful and overwhelming at times.  A journey that could be exhausting, and I

The Painful Cost of Consciousness: Losing Social Capital and Friendships in Pursuit of Justice

Lucretia Berry  •  April 9, 2024  Yes! You will lose friends!  Yes! You will fall out of favor with some people! Becoming aware and actively engaged in dismantling social injustices is a transformative journey. However, this journey often comes with a painful cost – the loss of social capital and friendships. Along this journey, I have witnessed compassionate people experience

America’s Legacy of Exclusion

Laura Marti – April 02, 2024 In the intricate tapestry of United States history, threads of exclusion and marginalization are deeply woven, casting shadows on the American ideals of equality and justice. From the early colonial period to contemporary times, exclusionary practices have permeated society, targeting various people groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, and other identities. Understanding this history is

Women’s History Month Spotlight:  Lynette Youson

Preserving Gullah Geechee Tradition Tracey McKee – March 26, 2024 Drawing to mind magnificent Southern live oak trees draped with Spanish moss, the coastlines along the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida are steeped in history and culture. An intersection point of Native Americans, European settlers, and enslaved Africans during the early days of our nation, these coastlines are a testament to the

The Most Important Question:  WHY?

Dan Berry  •  March 19, 2024 Over the last several years Brownicity has labored to provide an educational platform for those who were longing to find answers to the racial divides that plague our human experience.  As recent racialized events began to manifest, deep within our souls we began to wonder why we are still so divided.  In a time when racism should

Septima Poinsette Clark: Cultivating Liberation Through Education

Lucretia Berry  •  March 16, 2024  I was drawn to the book’s cover featuring the profile of a mature, Black woman with gray hair sectioned into a few braids, her hand positioned as a pedestal upon which her chin lightly rested. She was stunning. Because the image seem to personify dignity, wisdom and humility, I gifted the book to my

I’m Glad God’s Not Colorblind

 by Xochitl Dixon •   March 7, 2022 I turned to my husband and smiled when we walked into the sanctuary of our new church. As a first-generation Mexican American married to an African American, and a mother of two sons, I’d been praying for a diverse church family. We lived in another town, but for three months we returned and

Reflections on Black History Month: Connecting Past, Present, and Future

Laura Marti – February 27, 2024 In reflecting on what Black History Month means to me, I realized that, unfortunately, Black History Month was never part of my education. I went through school in the 70s and college in the 80s, but everything I know about Black history I have learned in the past decade. It was not taught to me

Black History Month:  Celebrating the American Ideal

Tracey McKee   •  February 20, 2024  I am white, I am 53 years old, and for a good deal of my life, I thought of Black History Month as set aside for the Black Community. It never occurred to me that creating the month was a determined undertaking to fill in tremendous gaps in our country’s historical narrative – a

Beyond the Noise: A White Male’s Perspective on Black History Month

Dan Berry  •  February 13, 2024 “Black History Month.” As I sat here and reflected on that title, I began to wonder why there is so much controversy around efforts to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Black individuals throughout our history. Was it Black history itself? Was it the word “month?” What is it that has continually ignited some level

My Favorite Black History Month Lesson

Lucretia Berry  •  February 6, 2024  I teach an Antiracism 101 elective for high school students. The elective is meticulously designed to enhance students’ capacity to comprehend racism in its institutional and structural dimensions. The course intentionally departs from traditional narratives centered on personal biases, and delves into a comprehensive analysis of racism’s historical, cultural, and systemic underpinnings including the

Hues of You PLAYshop

Ever wondered how to navigate essential conversations about phenotype, race, culture, and ethnicity with children, fostering understanding and belonging without feeling overwhelmed? Discover the answer in Dr. Lucretia Carter Berry’s Hues of You PLAYshop, where she unveils practical strategies using the Hues of You activity book, the Hues of You Framework, and three essential practices to ignite curiosity, foster comprehension,

How a Cultural Assessment Revealed My Capacity to Grow

by Ted Goins • January 30, 2024 When I became president of Lutheran Services Carolinas (LSC) in 2010, I was determined to use my position to make a difference. LSC started much of its modern diversity efforts with action, not just words.  In 2001, LSC leased-to-purchase an old, for-profit nursing home in the heavily African-American area of east Winston-Salem. Lutheran

NPR’s Throughline: My Favorite Resource for Learning On-The-Go

Photo credit for feature image: Q&A With Hosts of NPR’s “Throughline” Laura Marti – January 23, 2024 Embarking on a journey of understanding race and racism requires a commitment to learning, unlearning, and embracing diverse perspectives. In this pursuit, Brownicity encourages exploring various resources that foster a deeper comprehension of our shared history. Every day I read, listen to, or watch

The Must-Have Game In My Educator/Caregiver Toolkit

Lucretia Berry  •  January 18, 2024 Imagine your favorite childhood board games sprinkled with eye-opening lessons about bias and inequity. In June of 2018, I flew from Charlotte, NC to NYC to spend a whole day training to become a Senior Consultant Facilitator for The American Dream Game. You are probably wondering why anyone would need official training to facilitate

The Right Choice for Anyone: Enduring Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Tania Romanova   •  January 14, 2023  The Power of Nonviolent Protest Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister turned social activist, stands as a monumental figure in American history. His commitment to nonviolent resistance and his unwavering belief in the inherent equality of all human beings forever altered the landscape of the Civil Rights movement and left an indelible mark

“The plant of freedom has grown only a bud and not yet a flower.” An MLK Day Reflection

Lucretia Berry  •  Jan 12, 2024 (original version first published by incourag.me, Jan 17, 2022) Recently, I was listening to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1967 speech addressed to members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and titled, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? The title sounds ripe for today, doesn’t it? In the speech, Dr. King continues

Essential Resources for Building Race & Racism Awareness

Tracey McKee   •  January 09, 2024  Happy New Year!  I hope this post finds you well and excited about the possibilities this upcoming year might hold! As I was reviewing past posts I had written to prepare for writing this year’s posts, I came across a great resource that I have used that I wanted to share with you.  There

Nurturing Curiosity & Belonging with b.Kids ‘Let’s Learn About’ 5-Lesson Course

Brownicity •  December 28 2023  Caregivers, teachers, and advocates of children,Welcome to the educational adventure tailored for preschool and elementary-aged children, Brownicity’s bkids “Let’s Learn About” 5-Lesson Course. Curated with love by Brownicity moms, educators, and artists, this course is more than just lessons; it’s a journey to foster belonging, understanding, and connection in children. Family Feedback My two-year-old son,

‘Tis the Season for Hope

Fia Cronin •  December 23 2023 It’s that time of year, ‘tis the season…whether you celebrate Indigenous People’s Day, Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, or maybe you celebrate Pumpkin Spice Lattes…the season also comes with a wide array of emotions that each of us bring to the table.  We might have experienced loss and are left with endless grieving, anger lingering from

Become a Certified Instructor, Learn how to use Education as an Invitation for Transformation

Lucretia Berry  •  December 18, 2023  In 2020, I was asked to design a certification program to support those inspired to help their communities and organizations take their first steps toward racial healing using the What LIES Between Us and Foundations curricula specifically designed for ‘starters.’ The request was a cry for help from people who had experienced the well-intentioned,

Unlocking the Power of Play, Curiosity, and Interactive Learning to Nurture Racial Literacy and Intercultural Competency in Children

Lucretia Berry  •  December 12 2023  How do we practically nurture cultural competence and racial literacy, enabling open and developmentally-appropriate conversations about phenotype, race, culture, ethnicity, etc. that are essential for shaping positive attitudes, reducing biases, and fostering belonging in children without overwhelming them or us? Research shows that the children are ready.  But how do we create the conditions

Curated for Joyful Learning: Meet the bKids Toolbox, A Holiday Gift Guide for Sparking Curiosity and Engagement

Lucretia Berry  •   December 5, 2023 Curated by Brownicity moms, educators, and artists to support natural curiosity, spark exploration, and inspire engagement, the bKids Toolbox is a great holiday gift for the whole family. Its content supports hours of engaging learning through read alongs, books, coloring pages, activities, and life-giving conversations. The bKids toolbox includes: A 5-lesson b.kids course* designed

What Competing Narratives Taught me about Native Nations

Laura Marti – November 30, 2023 During a recent appointment with my long-time hair stylist Amy, our casual conversation steered toward a trip I took to Washington DC with my husband. While he was tied up in work meetings, I had the opportunity to explore several museums along the National Mall. They were all very eye-opening in some way. Intrigued, my

Why Giving Tuesday?

Shifting the focus from consumerism to the joy of giving! Brownicity  •   November 26, 2023 Giving Tuesday is a compelling initiative that turned into a sort of tradition to shift the holiday season’s focus from consumerism to the joy of giving. Since its inception, this annual event has evolved into a global movement, inspiring millions to contribute, volunteer their time, and

Creating Thanksgiving Memories: Family-Friendly Lessons for the Holiday Season!

Tiffany Robinson   •  November 14, 2023  As the Thanksgiving season approaches, families everywhere are gearing up for warmth, gratitude, and togetherness. I’m Tiffany Robinson, and I’m thrilled to share some delightful Thanksgiving lessons that you and your kids can enjoy right in the comfort of your home. Lesson 1: Thanksgiving and Family Traditions Kickstart your Thanksgiving journey by exploring the

Implicit Bias: The Invisible Influence on our Decision-Making

Tracey McKee   •  November 14, 2023  Biases are part of human nature, a way our brain works to sort and navigate the world.  On a very basic level, they are our preference for a person or thing over another person or thing, like preferring pop music to country music or city life to rural life. Biases develop early in our

Getting White Supremacy Out into the Light

Dan Berry  •  November 7, 2023 Have you ever had someone tell you something and your first thought was, “That’s not true!”  It’s probably because you didn’t like what you heard, so you just chose to not believe it. We also have this issue with terminology.  We are living in a time where, if we don’t like the true meaning of

The Impact of “The Nerve!”

Brownicity  •  November 06, 2023 In 2020, Brownicity first launched our webinar course THE NERVE! – CONNECTING THE BRAIN & RACISM. This was in the depth of the pandemic and not long after the murder of George Floyd, when there was a global uprising against racism. It’s been a minute, but the webinar is just as important today, if not

The Joy of Anti-Race/ism

Lucretia Berry  •  October 31, 2023  “You should say what you are for, not what you are against!” he said, forcing his unsolicited advice regarding my use of the word, ‘anti-racism.’  I respected his desire to help, but thought to myself, ‘I am FOR anti-racism.’  But I get it. Over the last few years, the word ‘anti-racism,’ like ‘woke’ has