Talking With Kids About Race – Raising Safe, Informed, & Engaged Kids in 2017

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Talking With Kids About Race
Raising Safe, Informed, & Engaged Kids in 2017

Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden to provide opening remarks

San Francisco, CA — San Francisco Public Library is holding the second in a series of progressive programs that aim to help parents, educators, and caregivers talk to kids about race and power. A diverse group of speakers will participate in a panel discussion about protecting children’s safety and raising them to be resilient and proud of their identities, while also showing up for their friends.

The panel discussion will be kicked off with a welcome from the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden.


  • Toni Hines, parent organizer at Coleman Advocates
  • Carla Marie Munoz, Costanoan Rumsen Ohlone Tribe artist, singer and dancer
  • Abdul Benterkia, Program Officer with Building Leaders in Innovative New Giving (BLING), and an Arab Youth Organization (AYO!) Leader
  • Alex Vasquez, Youth Intern with Our Family Coalition
  • Julie Roberts-Phung, Co-founder of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Families


  • Karen Zapata, activist, teacher at June Jordan High School, and board member of Teachers 4 Social Justice
  • Chalida Anusasananan, teacher librarian at Everett Middle School and member of Teachers 4 Social Justice

The panel covers topics on race, gender, and power dynamics, with families of color and families with other marginalized identities at the center of the conversation. Participants will gain advice on how to raise children to be proud of who they are and support them to be empowered and resilient. Families will learn to identify and acknowledge their privileged identities and help children understand how to be more aware of privilege and share it for justice.

Talking With Kids About Race: A Panel Discussion — April 22, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library

Talking With Kids About Race: A Panel Discussion is presented by SFPL with community partners: Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ), Teachers 4 Social Justice, Our Family Coalition, Main Street Mamas, San Francisco Families Union, Abundant Beginnings, First 5 San Francisco, and San Francisco Unified School District.

About Dr. Carla Hayden
Carla Hayden was sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on September 14, 2016. Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama on February 24, 2016, and her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 13. Prior to her latest post she served, since 1993, as CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland. Hayden was president of the American Library Association from 2003 to 2004. In 1995, she was the first African American to receive Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year Award in recognition of her outreach services at the Pratt Library.

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