It Takes a Village: Talking to Kids about Race

It has been stated that “It takes a village to raise a child”.  Though the statement is widely acknowledged to be an old African proverb, Africa is a large continent with approximately 54 countries.  The saying is found in several cultures throughout the continent and as such, could have originated in any of its countries.  What’s important for modern society to consider is that this saying reflects a collectivist understanding of who has the responsibility for a child’s development, for assuring their success.  The statement teaches us that accountability lies with the entire community, not just one organization or individual. 

In the spirit of collective accountability, the Denver Public Library’s Hampden branch will be hosting a workshop for all community members to come together to discuss Talking to Kids about Race: Raising Antiracist Children.

Have you ever wondered how to talk to young people about race or how to help foster an anti-racist worldview in the next generation?  Come and join us on September 23rd from 2-4pm for some engaging conversation about book titles, resources, and ways to approach raising antiracist children.

We welcome a thoughtful discussion and solutions-oriented approach to collaborative education and resources for youth of all ages. 

September 23, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Hampden Branch Library

Copies of the following books will be discussed and provided to participants on a first-come-first-served basis:

  • How to be an Anti-Racist - Ibram X. Kendi
  • Stamped for Kids - Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul
  • How to be Young and Anti-Racist - Nic Stone
  • Anti-Racist Art Activities for Kids - Paula Liz, Abigail Birhanu et. al
  • Anti-Racist Baby - Ibram X. Kendi
  • Race Cars - Jenny Devenny
  • The Antiracist Kid: A Book About Identity, Justice, and Activism - Tiffany Jewell
  • This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work - Tiffany Jewell
  • The Other Talk: Reckoning with Our White Privilege - Brendan Kiely
  • Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race - Jessica Ralli and Megan Madison

The workshop has been organized and will be facilitated by DPL members of R.A.D.A. and is limited to 30 participants.

R.A.D.A. stands for Read, Awareness, Dialogue, and Action. Our mission is to read for social consciousness, to exchange ideas, and to promote discussion, through books and community sharing. 

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