“Alicia Garza, Patrice Cullors and Opal Tomti founded #blacklivesmatter as a direct response to racist backlash in the form of police brutality. From the minds and hearts of these three black women - two of whom are queer - this declaration of love intuitively signified that in order to truly be anti-racists, we must also oppose all the sexism, homophobia, colorism, ethnocentrism, nativism cultural prejudice and class bias teeming and teaming with racism to harm so many Black lives... Collectively, these activists were pressing against discrimination in all forms, in all areas of society, and from a myriad of vantage points.”
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi
It is never too soon to begin important conversations with children about equity, race, diversity and social justice. The Black Lives Matter movement has brought these issues to the forefront, both in the USA and Canada. The resources below support educators in beginning these courageous conversations in age-appropriate and compassionate ways.
Be sure to check the attached PDF for more information such as online resources for educators and students of all grade levels.