Resources for Parents & Guardians
SOCIAL JUSTICE RESOURCES: HOW TO TALK WITH YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT RACE
- Supporting Kids Of Color In the Wake Of Racialized Violence (Podcast)
- Children's Community School Social Justice Resources
- Are your kids too young to talk about race?
- Social Justice Books
- American Psychological Association - Resources for Parents, Uplifting Youth Through Healthy Communication About Race
- 'Raising White Kids' Author On How White Parents Can Talk About Race
ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
- Resource Sharing Project - Anti-Racism Resources
- How to Not Raise a Racist White Kid
- Mental Model for White Anti-Racists
- Talking Race With Young Children
- Dismantling Racism: A Resource Book
- Historian Ibram X. Kendi On 'How To Be An Antiracist' (NPR)
- National Museum of African American History & Culture-- Being Anti-Racist
BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FAMILIES | RACISM AND RACE
- Breaking News by Sarah Lynne Reul, Sarah Lynne Reul
- All the Colors We Are by Katie Kissinger & photographs by Chris Bohnhoff
- What's the Difference?: Being Different Is Amazing By Doyin Richards
- I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoët
- Be Kind by Pat Zitlow Miller
- All of Us by Carin Berger
- Intersectionalities: We Make Room for All by Chelsea Johnson, Latoya Council, Carolyn Choi
- The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
- Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o, Vashti Harrison
- Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z by Irene Latham, Charles Waters, Mehrdokht Amini
- Something Happened in Our Town: A Child's Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano PhD, Marietta Collins PhD &Ann Hazzard PhD (upper grades)
- Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham, Charles Waters, Sean Qualls (upper grades)
- Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne, Elizabeth Acevedo, Olivia Gatwood (upper grades)
RESOURCES FOR WHITE PARENTS TO RAISE ANTI-RACIST CHILDREN
- Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults
- 31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance
- Parenting Forward podcast episode ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’
- Fare of the Free Child podcast
- Integrated Schools podcast episode “Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey”
- PBS’s Teaching Your Child About Black History Month
- Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup from Pretty Good
- The Conscious Kid: follow them on Instagram and consider signing up for their Patreon
ARTICLES TO READ
- “America’s Racial Contract Is Killing Us” by Adam Serwer | Atlantic (May 8, 2020)
- Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement (Mentoring a New Generation of Activists
- ”My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant” by Jose Antonio Vargas | NYT Mag (June 22, 2011)
- The 1619 Project (all the articles) | The New York Times Magazine
- The Combahee River Collective Statement
- “The Intersectionality Wars” by Jane Coaston | Vox (May 28, 2019)
- Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups developed by Craig Elliott PhD
- “Where do I donate? Why is the uprising violent? Should I go protest?” by Courtney Martin (June 1, 2020)
- ”White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Knapsack Peggy McIntosh
- “Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi | Atlantic (May 12, 2020)
VIDEOS TO WATCH
- Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers (50:48)
- "How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion" | Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools (18:26)
- 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
- American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
- Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
- Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) — Hulu with Cinemax or available to rent
- Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
- Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
- Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
- I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
- If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
- Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
- King In The Wilderness — HBO
- See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
- Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
- The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
- The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
- When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
PODCASTS TO SUBSCRIBE TO
- 1619 (New York Times)
- About Race
- Code Switch (NPR)
- Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
- Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
- Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)
- Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)
- Seeing White
MORE ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES TO CHECK OUT
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
- Anti-Racism Project
- Jenna Arnold’s resources (books and people to follow)
- Rachel Ricketts’ anti-racism resources
- Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About Race and Racism
- Save the Tears: White Woman’s Guide by Tatiana Mac
- Showing Up For Racial Justice’s educational toolkits
- The [White] Shift on Instagram
- “Why is this happening?” — an introduction to police brutality from 100 Year Hoodie
- Zinn Education Project’s teaching materials
- The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
- All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
- Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race by Megan Madison, Jessica Ralli and Isabel Roxas
- The Skin You Live In by Michael J. Tyler
- The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
- Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story About Gender and Friendship by Jessica Walton
- Skin Like Mine by Latashia M. Perry
- Júlian Is A Mermaid by Jessica Love
- Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer
- Hair Love by Matthew Cherry
- Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin
- I am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown
- Families Can by Dan Saks
- A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager
- A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager
- Lovely by Jess Hong
- Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard
- Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao by Kat Zhang and Singaporean-Canadian, and illustrator Charlene Chua
- The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad
- And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
- Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peña
- The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
- A Home Under the Stars by Andy Musser
- Eyes that Kiss the Corners by Joanna Ho
- Daddy, Papa, and Me by Lesléa Newman
- Mommy, Mama, and Me by Lesléa Newman
- One by Kathryn Othoshi
- The Magical Yet by Angela DiTerlizzi
- Frog-Girl by Paul Owen Lewis
- Storm Boy by Paul Owen Lewis
- Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
- A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory
- Once Upon An Eid by S.K, Ali & Aisha Saeed
- I’ll Build You a Bookcase by Jean Ciborowski Fahey & Simone Shin
- Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman
- Jabari Jumps & Jabari Tries by Gaia Cornwall
- Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival
- Kiyoshi’s Walk by Mark Karlins
- Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
- Thank you, Omu! by Oge Mora
- When the Beat Was Born by DJ Kool Herc
- Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle
- Call Me Tree! Llamame arbol by Maya Christina Gonzalez
- Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
- Under My Hijab by Henna Khan
- Sparkle Boy by Leslea Newman
- Too Small Tola by Onyinye Iwu
- Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian
- A Home Under the Stars by Andy Chou Musser
- Crown An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes
- I am Not a Girl by Maddox Lyons & Jessica Verdi
- The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf
- Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
- This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell
- The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story by Aya Khalil
- The Wild Robot and The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown
- The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
- The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
- Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
- Morning Girl by Michael Dorris
- Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo
- Aru Shan and The End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
- The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
- Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
- A Young People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
- Stamped by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi
- Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
- New Kid by Jerry Craft
- This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell
- The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
- The Hotel of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
- The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
- Class Act by Jerry Craft
- Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang
- They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, Harmony Becker
- The Prince & the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
- When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson
- The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter
- The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
- Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
- Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper
- Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
- How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold
- Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
- Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga
- When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America by Ira Katznelson
- White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
2023-2024 EQUITY & INCLUSION SPEAKER SERIES
Westside School is excited to partner with local independent schools to bring the Equity & Inclusion Speaker Series to our communities. The purpose of this series is to raise awareness, challenge ourselves, deepen understanding, and empower our communities to advance their efforts to actively recreate systems into equitable, inclusive, and antiracist institutions.
January 1 is New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is every third Monday in January and commemorates the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr., the recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize and an activist for nonviolent social change until his assassination in 1968.
January 27 is designated by the United Nations General Assembly as International Holocaust Remembrance Day (IHRD). Since 2005, the UN and its member states have held commemoration ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism.
February is Black History Month. Read more about the importance of celebrating Black History Month in schools here.
The date of Lunar New Year is determined by the lunar calendar so it usually falls on a different date each year. It begins each year on a new moon, usually coinciding with late January or early February in Western calendars. Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in the Chinese lunisolar calendar and is recognized by gift giving, parades, decorations, and feasting.
Presidents Day is celebrated on the third Monday in February.
March is Women's History Month, an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated in March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women’s Day on March 8.
Irish-American Heritage Month is in March.
March is also National Disability Awareness Month, established to increase awareness and understanding of issues affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) happens on March 31 and is a day to celebrate trans people and raise awareness about the issues faced by the trans community.
Holi is a significant Hindu festival celebrated as the Festival of Colours, Love and Spring. Additionally, the day also signifies the triumph of good over evil. It lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon Day) falling in the Hindu calendar month of Phalguna, which falls around the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar.
Nowruz is a two-week celebration that marks the beginning of the New Year in Iran's official Solar Hijri calendar. It is a festival celebrating spring on or around 21 March on the Gregorian calendar.
April is Arab American Heritage Month. Beginning in the '90s, Arab American heritage was celebrated sporadically in various states, primarily in school districts. It wasn't until 2017 when Arab America began a national initiative to coordinate all states under National Arab American Heritage Month.
April is also Diversity Month, which was started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all. By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, organizers hope that people will get a deeper understanding of each other.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (sawm), prayer, reflection and community. A commemoration of Muhammad's first revelation, the annual observance of Ramadan is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam and lasts twenty-nine to thirty days, from one sighting of the crescent moon to the next. As part of the Islamic lunar calendar, Ramadan's dates vary according to the lunar cycle. In 2021, Ramadan begins on the evening of Monday, April 12 and ends at sundown on Tuesday, May 11. Eid al-Fitr is the Muslim celebration commemorating the ending of Ramadan.
Passover often falls in April and begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan in the Jewish calendar, which is in spring in the Northern Hemisphere and is celebrated for seven or eight days. It is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays.
Easter a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox.
Word Autism Awareness Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 as a global event to raise awareness and action for the environment.
May is Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks on the project were Chinese immigrants.
May is also Jewish American Heritage Month, which was established on April 20, 2006, by former President George W. Bush to recognize the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to our culture.
Haitian Heritage Month is a celebration in the United States of Haitian heritage and culture. It is an expansion of the Haitian Flag Day, a major patriotic day celebration in Haiti and the Diaspora. May carries a number of significant historical and cultural traditions that Haitians are proud to make aware of and to pass on to future generations.
Cinco De Mayo happens on May 5 each year that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.
Memorial Day is the last Monday of May and is a day of remembrance for those who sacrificed their lives in service of the United States of America.
Teacher Appreciation Week is the first full week of May.
June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, which is a time to celebrate what it means to be LGBTQ+, while demanding equality and liberation from cis and heteronormative constraints. Find out more about Seattle Pride.
June 19 marks Juneteenth National Freedom Day. "Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863." (Juneteenth World Wide Celebration)
Caribbean-American Heritage Month also happens in June to honor the achievements and contributions of Caribbean immigrants and their descendants living in the United States, particularly in government, sports, entertainment, and the arts.
September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. This month corresponds with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16, and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended Spanish dictatorship.
Rosh Hashana takes place on the first two days of the Hebrew month of Tishrei (September or October on the Gregorian calendar) for most traditional Jews, but only on the first of Tishrei for Reform Jews.. The Jewish New Year, is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year. Yom Kippur, or the “Day of Atonement” is the holiest day of the year on the Jewish calendar and falls in September or October.
Labor Day happens the first Monday in September. It was initiated by labor activists in the nineteenth century and celebrates the accomplishments and contribution of workers across the U.S. to the country's strength and prosperity.
The first week in October is National Diversity Week, which was founded in 1998 to raise awareness about the diversity which has shaped, and continues to shape, the United States.
The second Monday in October is Indigenous Peoples' Day. 2021 marks the first time a U.S. president has officially recognized Indigenous Peoples' Day, which corrects a "whitewashed" American history that has glorified Europeans like Italian explorer Christopher Columbus who have committed violence against Indigenous communities (npr.org)
Multicultural Diversity Day (third Monday in October), a national day created by Cleorah Scruggs, a fourth-grade teacher in Flint, Michigan, the day was adopted as a national event by the NEA’s 1993 Representative Assembly to “increase awareness of the tremendous need to celebrate our diversity collectively.”
Filipino American History Month is celebrated in the United States during the month of October. October was chosen to commemorate the visitation of the first Filipinos who landed as slaves, prisoners, and crew aboard Novohispanic ships in what is now Morro Bay, California on October 18, 1587.
Italian American Heritage and Culture Month is also celebrated in October.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month was declared in 1988 by the United States Congress for the month of October to raise awareness of the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities.
November is Native American Heritage Month, also commonly referred to as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose (National Native American Heritage Month).
Trans Awareness Week is November 13-19. People and organizations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility about transgender people and address issues members of the community face.
Diwali, the “Indian Festival of Lights,” is a four- or five-day celebration in October or November each year. It is a major Hindu holiday that signifies the renewal of life, and the victory of good over evil, and combines a number of festivals to celebrate different gods/goddesses and life events, as described in Hindu tradition.
Dia de los Muertos happens from November 1-2 and is traditionally celebrated in Mexico and Mexican communities to honor and welcome the return of souls of deceased family members. Families create ofrendas (Offerings) to honor their departed family members that have passed. These altars are decorated with bright yellow marigold flowers, photos of the departed, and the favorite foods and drinks of the one being honored.
Veteran's Day on November 11 each year, provides an opportunity to honor and thank veterans for their bravery and sacrifice as former service members of the United States Armed Forces.
December 3 is the International Day of People with Disabilities, which recognizes and values the diversity of our global community, and cherishes the role we all play, regardless of our abilities (International Day of People with Disabilities (idpwd.org)).
Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10, the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document, which proclaims the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status (Human Rights Day | United Nations).
Hanukkah In Judaism, celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem with an 8-day "festival of lights". Celebratory events include nightly menorah lighting and special prayers, among others.
December 25 is Christmas, which commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ
December 26-January 1 is Kwanzaa, a holiday established in 1996 by Maulana Karenga as a time for African Americans to “discover and bring forth the best of our culture, both ancient and current, and use it as a foundation to bring into being models of human excellence and possibilities to enrich and expand our lives.”