For Immediate Release:
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
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Talking With Kids About Race
San Francisco Public Library hosts progressive program for families and educators
WHAT: San Francisco Public Library is holding the first of a series of progressive programs that aim to help parents, educators, and caregivers talk to kids about race. The powerful changes we can make are often on a micro level, and this introductory workshop will help families and educators outline developmentally supportive language to use with kids to strengthen efforts in raising safe and empowered young people.
The nearly 250 free registrations filled up in about two weeks, demonstrating that families, teachers, and caregivers in San Francisco are eager to engage in dialogue about race with each other and with the young people in their care.
“As the President of the BOE and as a resident of San Francisco, I have always thought it to be important to have honest conversations about race relations with our children early,” says program partner Shamann Walton, President of the SFUSD Board of Education. “Embracing differences and learning about them is what helps us work better together. The reality remains that we cannot solve problems if we ignore them.”
“As a queer immigrant mama leading the largest LGBT family org in CA, I am thrilled to be partnering with so many folks who are also dedicated to creating radically inclusive schools and communities in SF and beyond,” says program partner Renata Moreira, Executive Director of Our Family Coalition. “All of us need to know how to best engage in developmentally appropriate conversations which name race and other identities in order to raise a generation that’s culturally aware.”
WHEN: Saturday, March 18, 3-5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street
WHO: Micia Mosely, Educator and Workshop Facilitator
Luis Herrera, City Librarian
Renata Moreira, Our Family Coalition, Executive Director
Talking With Kids About Race is presented by SFPL with community partners: San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco Families Union, Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ), Our Family Coalition, Main Street Mamas, and First 5 San Francisco.
Talking With Kids About Race in 2017 — March 18, 3-5:30 p.m.