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Exploring Ethnicity and Family Heritage

Laura Marti – October 26, 2023 This past summer, I traveled to Akron, Ohio, my hometown, for a family wedding. During our time there, my aunt brought out several boxes of old family photos. We were all excited to look through and reminisce, seeing old friends of my parents while they were teenagers, my grandparents when they were first married, and

Celebrating one year of “Teaching for Justice & Belonging”

Lucretia Berry  •  October 20, 2023  One year ago, “Teaching for Justice & Belonging: A Journey for Educators & Parents” was released, and audiobooks.com is helping us celebrate by offering you huge savings on your audiobook! They’ve created a 75% discount just for you! The promotion starts today and will be available until 11/10/23. Read Washington state National Board Certified

Raising Our Youth as Leaders for Today

Autumn Swain   •  October 17, 2023  Take your glasses off for a minute. No, not your actual glasses. I mean those “insular lobe” glasses. This part of the brain is responsible for your perception of your environment. These “lenses” are how you specifically view the world, how you experience your neighborhood, your beliefs, and how you choose to raise your

Diversity: Why It Matters

Tracey McKee   •  October 10, 2023  The concept of diversity, or appreciating the things that make us different and unique, emerged from the Civil Rights Movement. Our country is a nation of both indigenous people and immigrants from all over the world. According to the last Census, it is estimated that more than 45 million people, or 13% of our total

Answering Your Questions about Anti-Racism Education

Troublemaker Training Special Event Followup Lucretia Berry  •  October 6, 2023  Did you participate in the Red, Wine & Blue Troublemaker Training? Didn’t the students do a great job sharing about how the Anti-Racism 101 high school elective impacted them? If you missed it, watch the recording: I wish I had more time to answer everyone’s questions! I sincerely appreciate your

Let Freedom Read – A Resource for Banned Books Week!

Brownicity  •  October 5, 2023 Did you know that October 1-7, 2023 is Banned Books Week? This annual event serves as a powerful reminder of the vital importance of free expression and the right to access diverse perspectives. In a time when our country grapples with numerous efforts to ban books, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the significance

The Unseen Harm of Microaggressions

Committing to Awareness, Change, and Inclusivity Dan Berry  •  October 3, 2023 Have you ever had a conversation with someone that frustrated you because you didn’t feel like you were on the same page? Those conversations produce nothing but angst. They never lead to any kind of understanding or resolution. They never strengthen a relationship. Most conversations about race fall into

Be part of the change at the 2023 Color of Education Summit!

Lucretia Berry  •  October 2, 2023  Get ready for an inspiring event that’s all about shaping the future of education in North Carolina! The 2023 Color of Education Summit is just around the corner, and it’s brought to you by an incredible partnership including the Dudley Flood Center for Educational Equity & Opportunity, the Public School Forum of North Carolina,

The Emotional Rollercoaster of Activism: Channeling Feelings for a Powerful Mission

Lucretia Berry  •  September 2023  Be honest. You’ve been doing the work, and it’s hard, right? The emotional, spiritual, and physical labor takes a toll on you. Well, we see you and Dr. Zinobia Bennefield has created a course specifically for you!  The Mindful Anti-Racist is designed to center the feelings of those engaged in anti-racism work, acknowledge that those feelings are important (no

Anti-Racist Education: Why Extremists Fear It and We All Need It

Troublemaker Training Special Event Lucretia Berry  •  September 28 2023  I have been invited by the organization, Red, Wine & Blue to be a speaker for their Troublemaker Training series. I will share on what anti-racist education and my anti-racism high school elective actually entail. Students who have taken Anti-Racism 101, the course I designed and have taught since 2018, will participate

How to put an end to ‘reverse racism’ and other common misconceptions

Lucretia Berry  •  September 26, 2023  “I enrolled in this course because its title, ‘What is Race/ism?’ made me question my understanding of racism,” explained the high school student.  “I walked into the class confident that I knew what racism was. But as the class unfolded throughout the school year, I realized that I knew so little, actually close to

My Day in Court

A Window into the Criminal Justice System Laura Marti – September 19, 2023 “Justice is never actually experienced directly. By contrast, we do experience injustice, and it is only through this that we form an idea of justice.”  — Nancy Fraser, Professor of Philosophy & Politics at the New School for Social Research I recently had the opportunity to gain insight

Embracing Our Shared Histories – The Relevance of Your Past and Mine

by Sara Chinakwe   •  September 12, 2023  In elementary school, the only thing I learned about Black history was condensed into a chapter of our history book which highlighted the enslavement of my ancestors. I didn’t know how to verbalize my feelings when it came to learning about slavery, but I knew I felt…shame, sadness, misunderstood, and singled out.

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36 Children’s Books That Build Racial Literacy Without the Overwhelm

Lucretia Carter Berry, PhD  •  June, 2023  Do you find it challenging to discuss the important topic of race/ism with kids? Do you wish there was a comprehensive and impactful way to approach this subject without overwhelming children or ourselves? Addressing race/ism and other social schisms with children from an early age is crucial for promoting a more inclusive and equitable

Healing Requires More Than a Band-aid

Afrika Afeni Mills •   August 29, 2023 What comes to mind for you when you think of healing? For me, I immediately think of wounds, and when I think of wounds, I think about the many I experienced as a child while playing outside. One incident comes to mind in particular.  When I was around five years old, I was playing

When I Hear ‘White Privilege’

Tracey McKee  • August 22, 2023 The first time I heard the term white privilege, I remember thinking that it didn’t apply to me. My reaction was not unique; as you have probably seen, the media has covered a lot of stories about the backlash to terms like white privilege and oppression. Almost as if a default setting had kicked in, when

Get Out of Judgment and Into Curiosity

Dan Berry  •  August 15, 2023  Having a productive conversation with anyone about any subject will only happen if you have a basic understanding of the terminology that is included in said subject.   Here at Brownicity we have identified 43 different terms and their definitions that will help us all get on the same page when it comes to race related

Navigating the Illusion of Race

How a comprehensive understanding deflates its power Lucretia Berry  •  August 8, 2023  “We didn’t know if you’d be a boy or girl, but we knew you’d be Black!”  As a child, I heard this phrase a number of times. It speaks to the significance of racial identity – to the certainty and weight of race in our society. It’s

Effective Learning and Growth

Empowering Anti-racism: Essential Elements for Effective Learning and Growth

Tracey McKee  • June 26, 2023 I was admittedly nervous and unsure when I stepped into my first anti-racism course over five years ago.  I had no idea what to expect and worried that there were many ways such an endeavor could go wrong.  After all, the fact that we need anti-racism education in our country isn’t because we are good

Why is it so difficult to learn about race?

Why is it so difficult to learn about race/ism?

Dan Berry  •  June 20, 2023  My wife Anne and I will be married for 48 years this August.  Over the years, we have had a boatload of disagreements.  Whenever a disagreement would arise, I would feel personally attacked, become defensive, and we became two rocks in a blender.  Because my go-to was to become insecure, I would get angry, frustrated

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Dr. Janet Helms’ White Racial Identity

Why talking about race is especially hard for White people Laura Marti – June 13, 2023 Feature Image: Boston College  Talking about race is challenging for many people, but it can be particularly difficult for White people. Why is that? Discussions about race often evoke strong emotions and opinions, which can make it difficult to have a productive and respectful conversation.

Celebrate Loving Day

Celebrate Loving Day: Honoring Love, Human Rights, and Diversity

Lucretia Berry  •  June 6, 2023  Monday, June 12th is Loving Day — a day that holds special significance as it honors the love and resilience of Richard and Mildred Loving, whose courageous fight against anti-miscegenation laws changed the course of history. Before I share four ways to celebrate, let’s understand the history that demanded their fight. A Brief History

Hues of you summer camp

‘Hues of You’ Summer Camp

A Transformative Antiracism Journey for Kids! Lucretia Berry  •  May 30, 2023  Are you a parent or educator who finds it challenging to discuss the important topic of race/ism with kids? Do you wish there was a comprehensive and impactful way to approach this subject without overwhelming children or ourselves? Look no further! Hues of You Summer Camp is here

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Early Language Matters

FREE 2023 Speech, Language and Communication Early Years Summit Lucretia Carter Berry  •   May 23, 2023 Join Dr. Tehia Starker Glass and me, and 27 other amazing speakers at the upcoming 2023 Speech, Language and Communication Early Years Summit. The Summit is free to watch all week from May 29th to June 4th. Each speaker is an expert in their

Why Teaching Adults About Race/ism is Challenging

But Teaching Kids is Fun! Lucretia Berry  •   May 16, 2023 “They can educate themselves!”  I often hear this proposed as a viable strategy for transformation. My thought is that if people have enough comprehension, competency, and efficacy to design their own education – one that builds their capacity to confidently engage in dismantling harmful practices and cultivating justice and

Why Teaching About Race/ism is Hard

and how we can get better Afrika Afeni Mills •   May 9, 2023 When I think back on the hard things I learned how to do when I was a child, lots of examples come to mind. In sixth grade, I experienced learning a new language in school for the first time. I had some familiarity with the Spanish language from

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The Difficulties of Teaching About Race/ism

Reflections of a Certified Instructor Dan Berry – May 2, 2023 How many times in our lives have we learned a truth about something and ran with it like we had all the understanding we needed to change the world – maybe to our spouse, our partner, or our kids?  Every time that happened in my life, I found out there

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A School Leader’s Perspective on Anti Race/ism PD and Curriculum

Tracey McKee – April 25, 2023 A couple of weeks ago, I met with Joy Warner, the recently retired director of Community School of Davidson (CSD) in Davidson, NC.  I wanted to talk with her about her journey to find an anti race/ism curriculum for CSD.  Community School of Davidson is a K-12 public charter school that has been wildly

Why diversity programs has failed

Why Diversity Programs Have Failed

Brownicity  •   April 4, 2023 Feature image source: https://musaalgharbi.com/2020/09/16/diversity-important-related-training-terrible/ Diversity programs have been implemented in many organizations with the goal of creating a more inclusive and equitable workplace. However, despite good intentions, many of these programs have failed to achieve their intended outcomes. Let’s explore some of the reasons why diversity programs may fail and what organizations can do to

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How Fear Silences Us

Dan Berry – March 28, 2023 Have you ever sat with a person as they tried to explain to you how your new computer, phone, or some electronic device worked and you nodded in agreement, left the impression you understood everything they just explained to you, but were actually clueless?  Okay, maybe that’s just my story, but why?  Why did I

It was Hard to Talk about Racism Until I got an Education

It was Hard to Talk about Racism Until I got an Education

Tracey McKee – March 21, 2023 Race and racism are hard to talk about.  Having open, honest, and productive dialogue with others always helps us arrive at more thoughtful and creative ways to solve our issues.  But when we consider talking about race/ism, most of us tend to shy away.  If you are a person of color, you may be

Common Mistakes People Make When Talking About Race/ism

Common Mistakes People Make When Talking About Race/ism

Lucretia Berry  •   March 14, 2023 So, you want to actively engage in dismantling race/ism, but fear making mistakes? Here are seven of the most common mistakes people make when broaching the subjects of race and racism. 1. Believing that race/ism only affects certain races: Racism affects all racial groups, including white people (e.g. historically, real estate speculators profited from

Five Reasons It’s Hard to Talk About Race/ism

Five Reasons It’s Hard to Talk About Race/ism

Lucretia Berry  •   March 7, 2023 Race/ism touches every aspect of our lives – identity, interpersonal relationships, access to healthcare and food, our finances, where we live, go to school, work, gather to worship, and play – yet we struggle to talk about it coherently, confidently, and in ways that help us create a society free of race/ism.  Here are

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Sherrilyn Ifill — “Leave No Power on the Table” in the Fight for Racial Justice

Laura Marti – February 23, 2023 Sherrilyn Ifill is a prominent civil rights lawyer, legal scholar, and activist who dedicated her career to advancing racial justice and equality. She served as the seventh President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF), one of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations, from 2013 to 2022, and currently serves as President and

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

The Neo-Expressionist Black artist who changed the face of contemporary art Laura Marti – February 21, 2023 Feature image: Jean-Michel Basquiat | Getty Images Jean-Michel Basquiat was a pioneering artist who used his art to explore complex issues of race, class, and identity. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1960, Basquiat was the son of Haitian and Puerto Rican immigrants. He

22 Reasons to LOVE Hues of You

22 Reasons to LOVE Hues of You

On February 22, the activity book, Hues of You turns one!! Stay tuned for fun ways to celebrate. In the meantime, for Valentine’s Day here are 22 reasons to LOVE this book. How will you help children navigate things you aren’t sure of yourself? With children, learning doesn’t always happen with words. Complex concepts can’t be figured out in a

I would Rather Be Woke

I’d Rather Be Woke

Dan Berry – February 14, 2023 As a follower of Jesus who is learning how to truly love all of my neighbors — not just the ones that are like me — sometimes I wonder why there is so much opposition from others who claim to follow Him.  As much as I try to avoid misinformed commentary, it seems that

Black Resistance in Education - The Origins of BHM

Black Resistance in Education – The Origins of BHM

Tracey McKee – February 9, 2023 As February approached, I found myself wanting to know more about Black History Month’s origins.  Who was behind its inception?  When was it first observed?  What were the hopes for the celebration? How has it grown? I began to research Black History Month and was delighted to meet Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the Father

The Narrative of Racial Difference

Father of the Underground Railroad: The Resistance of William Still

Laura Marti – February 7, 2023 Feature image: William Still (1821-1902), a conductor on the Underground Railroad who helped nearly 800 enslaved African Americans to freedom. William Still was an abolitionist and civil rights activist who played a crucial role in the Underground Railroad. He risked his life shepherding runaway enslaved people to freedom in the tumultuous years leading up to