How do we talk with kids about race, justice, and privilege? In this follow up to last week’s interview with Patricia Raybon, Amy Julia interviews her three children. Penny, William, and Marilee all talk about what they’ve learned from books, museums, and the recent protests after the death of George Floyd.
As I talk with our kids about race and justice, we begin our conversation by talking about our family’s Civil Rights tour in 2019. Here’s a description of our four-day tour, as well as a recommended itinerary, which includes the Whitney Plantation that Marilee mentions, as well as the Legacy Museum, which is where we saw the jars of dirt that Penny talks about.
We talk about the death of George Floyd.
Penny mentions the song Way Maker.
All three children talk about books/resources they recommend for learning more about race and privilege. Go here for links to the resources they mention (as well as many more resources!). In relation to this conversation and reading books from different perspectives, Marilee mentions the Little House series.
After the Podcast—Continuing the Conversation with Amy Julia:
- Continuing the Conversation: Marilee and Ruby Bridges
- Continuing the Conversation: William and Growing Up to Be a White Man
- Continuing the Conversation: Penny and Black Lives Matter
This podcast season is called White Picket Fences, and it is based on my book White Picket Fences: Turning Towards Love in a World Divided by Privilege. Learn more about White Picket Fences! Also check out free RESOURCES to accompany White Picket Fences—action guide, discussion guides—that are designed to help you respond. Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com.
To read further with Amy Julia and for more resources to talk with kids about race:
- Love is Stronger Than Fear | Season 3—White Picket Fences
- AJB Recommends: Books, Films, and Podcasts for All Ages About Race and Privilege
- S3 E3 | Our Different Stories Divide Us with Patricia Raybon
- Civil Rights Tour Itinerary
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