There’s so much going on, so much hurt and anger, that we want to learn more, do more, and make a difference in this world. We let the truth be told and moving forward it will never be business as usual for me or my family. It’s important to me that together, as a family, educate ourselves, listen and learn, and do what we can to help make a difference for the future. Here is what we have learned while listening.
Thurgood Marshall was the first African American ever appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. He was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson and served on the court from 1967 to 1991.
Understanding At Home
If you’re not uncomfortable, you’re not listening. It’s a non-negotiable to show my children how they can use their voices and to stand up for what’s right! But first, I had to talk to my kids about racism. You see, my kids aren’t confused, overwhelmed or exhausted because of what’s happening in the world. They are harmoniously in sync with relishing in their childhood.
It’s almost like they have this shield of armor around them protecting them from the realities of adulthood. They aren’t ignited by any sort of outrage. I guess that’s the innocence of being young?
However, it’s my job to not shelter them, but rather teach them about the injustices of this world so that they can use their God-given voice and show up. Part of being a good human is leading your littles by example. And just like their parents, I always want them to have the courage to stand up against the violence that has persevered in this country for way too many generations. Let’s be the bridge and help them to get to where they need to be! It starts at home!
Need some help starting the conversation? Check out my six recommended films for you and your family to watch that tackle racism.
Bessie Coleman was the first licensed African American female pilot.
How to Help
Oprah said, “feeling bad isn’t enough” and I couldn’t agree more! Actions will always speak louder than words. And there’s always more we can do.
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Don’t just follow accounts dedicated to Black communities, sign up for their newsletter to stay in the know! You can start with the Grassroots Law Project led by Shaun King.
Support Foundations and Thought Leaders
I have done extensive research and will continue to share foundations and people who are committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways! Here are several more that I support and am hoping you will too:
John Mercer Langston was the first Black man to become a lawyer when he passed the bar in Ohio in 1854.
Go Make a Difference
I vow to you that we will be part of the change! Thank you for showing up and if you haven’t yet, I hope these resources will help you get started!
One in four cowboys was Black, despite the stories told in popular books and movies.