Below are some resources we hope can help to provide a moment of self-care in the midst of this very painful time – whether you are an ally seeking to understand for yourself and your own organization or a parent seeking to explain this moment and America’s painful history of race and racism to your children.
Our parent leaders and staff at PAVE also believe that it is our responsibility to actively support anti-racism in our schools, our workplaces, our communities, and our families. As a system, we must elevate the voices of Black people and acknowledge the pain, trauma, and injustice that generations of Black families in DC and across our country have experienced.
All of us need to be courageous in starting conversations that recognize and elevate racial justice, and push ourselves and our institutions, including our education system, to build a more equitable world for this generation and those to come.
- Self-Care Tips for Black People Who Are Struggling With This Very Painful Week (from VICE)
- Self-care in the Face of Racial Injustice (from Therapy for Black Girls)
- Self-care for People of Color after Psychological Trauma (from Just Jasmine)
- Text SHARE to 741741 for Mental Health Support from the Crisis Text Line
Talking About Race With Children and Youth
- Resources for Talking About Race, Racism, Racialized Violence with Kids (from the Center for Racial Justice in Education)
- Teaching about Race, Racism, and Police Violence (from Teaching Tolerance)
- What Teachers Should Learn from the Murder of George Floyd (from EdWeek)
- A List of Social Justice Books for Children (from Teaching for Change)
- Teaching about the Struggle for Voting Rights in the United States (Zinn Education Project)
- Teaching for Black Lives – a Handbook to Fight Racism in Classrooms (highlighted in the WaPo)
- Warner Bros. has made its recent film Just Mercy available to rent for free!
Reading Lists and Resources for Taking Action
- An Antiracist Reading List (from Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award Winner, author of “How to Be an Antiracist”, Executive Director, The Antiracist Research & Policy Center, and Contributing Writer at The Atlantic – see his latest piece from June 1st here)
- Center for Racial Justice in Education’s reading list
- Antiracist resources for white people/non-Black people of color (collectively compiled in a Google doc)
- “How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change” by Barack Obama. This includes links to resources on how to get informed and engage.
- Funds, petitions, actionables, and reading lists (from the Changing Womxn Collective)
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice (from Medium)
- DCPS Parent University: Talking about Race with Your Child, Wednesday 5:30pm- 6:30pm
- Facing History and Ourselves: Working for Justice, Equity and Civic Agency in Our Schools: A Conversation with Clint Smith, Wednesday 7pm-8pm
- American University’s Summer Institute on Education, Equity, and Justice: Uplifting Women & Girls of Color Through Antiracist Pedagogy, Practice & Policy, Virtual Conference • June 22-24, 2020.
- GirlTrek’s Black History Walking Bootcamp for Black Women. Starting June 1st.