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Change: Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Support Resources for Families and Educators

Do you remember the first conversation you had about race? Do you remember who it was with? How old you were? What set it in motion?

Earlier this month I ran across the Ted Talk below, given by Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum. First of all, she’s an amazingly talented speaker and even though I could listen to her for hours, she manages to clearly address a complex topic with humor, humanity, and eloquence in just under 14 minutes. Now that’s a gift. Secondly: oh…just watch it!…

If you’re here reading this, looking for ways to navigate the crucial, but sometimes uncomfortable discussions about race with your kids, I think Dr. Tatum’s own conversations offer such a kind and caring, real place to begin. And she gets right to the point. The important thing? Have the conversations.

“In this moment, our silence will not help us. We have to have conversations. The way forward to changing our future is with a conversation. Sometimes even a conversation with a 3-year-old.”

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

Whether you’re an individual looking to learn more, a parent on the search for hands-on anti-racism learning activities, or a teacher looking to foster a classroom environment that encourages healthy race-positive discussions – there’s something among these resources for you that will help you start the conversation.

You’ll also find some tools here to encourage activism in your kids, because learning to speak up for ourselves and each other is another important piece of the discussion too.

I am still learning how to use barley & birch as a tool to combat systemic racism. Rather than using this link list to find a “one-and-done” activity, I hope you think of this post as I do: a start. I hope you find wisdom, optimism, and encouragement in these materials, as I have. Fighting racism and oppression – continuing these conversations – is a life-long habit we can work on together.

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General Anti-Racism Resources (some places to begin…)

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and I can’t guarantee these are the best places for YOU personally to start. What I can tell you is that, as a middle-aged white woman walking this life-long path of learning myself, these are all links that I’ve found helpful, informative, impactful, or necessary. These “places to begin” are intended to be just that – a beginning.

Articles and Interactive Stories

Books

Podcasts

Movies, Documentaries, and Series

Taking Family Action

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Resources for Kids

All of the anti-racist learning activities, printables, and programming listed in this collection have been created specifically for children, and are wonderful ways to start critical conversations.

Find Diverse Kids Books

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Resources for BIPOC Families

This carefully curated collection of links only includes resources that have been specifically created for, and by, people of color. All are shared with the continued intention of supporting and amplifying the important work of BIPOC educators, activists, creators, and families.

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Resources for White Families

Anti-racist education starts at home – with ourselves, our families, and our friends. These links all provide ways we can show up for the BIPOC community, commit to growth through learning, and begin taking productive action within our own households.

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Resources for Educators

A collection of links for all kinds of teachers. This list provides a wealth of information and lesson plans to learn from, appreciate, and use – regardless of your educational setting.

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About Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help families discover their creative potential and be inspired to make the world a better place through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. When not playing with ideas, designs and projects for barley & birch, Amanda enjoys working as a modern art curator and managing her own small design business.

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