Raising Antiracist Babies

Parents frequently want to know how to talk to their children about race and racism, and how to raise them to be culturally accepting, inclusive, and aware. It often starts with having courageous conversations and taking small steps, which can lead to big change. JWB is proud to partner with Thrive by Five Pinellas, Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, The Well, Cultured Books, and others on Raising Antiracist Babies, an early literacy community initiative and video series designed to help parents talk to their little ones, and to other adults, about race and racism.

 

Read Aloud Video Series

READ ALOUD Episode 1 – I Love My Hair by Natasha Tarpley

A wonderful read-aloud of I Love My Hair by Natasha Tarpley, as read by Pinellas County School Teacher Taylor Singleton. This story reinforces the beauty in differences, and encourages young girls to see the beauty in themselves.

 

READ ALOUD Episode 2 – Hey Black Child! by useni eugene Perkins

Local business owner and griot, Gwendolyn Reese, reads a powerful rendition of Hey Black Child! by Useni Eugene Perkins. This story encourages black children – and all children – to dream big and to shoot for the stars.

 

READ ALOUD Episode 3 – I AM ENOUGH by GRACE BYERS

Food Blogger Jenn Thai reads the inspirational children’s book I Am Enough by Grace Byers. This children’s book is about an African American little girl who compares the beauty in herself to the beauty of the world around her. This story motivates all children to celebrate the beauty in themselves and to celebrate the beauty in the children who may have different skin colors and abilities.

 

READ ALOUD Episode 4 – LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE by JULIUS LESTER

Officer Bonnie of the St. Petersburg Police Department reads a beautiful rendition of Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester, a story that helps parents begin having age-appropriate conversations with their little ones about race. This book explores how each individual has many different elements to their story, from family, to name, to likes and dislikes, and maybe even race. It also discusses how race is just a portion of your story and how some people make quick assumptions based on skin color. Author Julius Lester shares his own story as he explores what makes each of us special.

 

Healing Dialogue Video Series

HEALING DIALOGUE 1 – Courageous Conversation Moderated by Dr. Ladonna Butler

Meghan Dorman and Taylor Singleton sit down with Dr. Ladonna Butler for a courageous conversation about how to begin talking to children about race and racism. They also discuss how they are learning how to extend that conversation into small steps that can lead to big change.