Dear Homeschool Moms,
My heart grieves for what has become of our nation- and our world. Systemic racism is a battle long-fought, which, unfortunately, has never been won. As an African-American family, it was hard to watch my daughters witness the murder of George Floyd last week and to watch them grieve together with their friends.
It has taken me a few days to process this and I haven’t been able to speak out until now. Although I am choosing not to protest in the streets, I have chosen to, instead, make an impact with my prayers, my words, and my attitude towards the situation at hand. Unfortunately, systemic racism is an underlying disease, and unless called out, will continue to fester and grow.
However, I want this note to be one of encouragement and support. I want to encourage our community to lift each other up. I have many friends of multiple ethnicities in this blogging circle, and I believe that we are all here to support one another.
My plea is: let us not allow the hard work of many of our fellow homeschool friends be undermined, regardless of skin tone.
The call to love one another is pertinent. There are so many talented producers of content: bloggers, vloggers, authors, curriculum writers whose work needs to be seen and heard. Let’s step up and encourage ALL of our fellow BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) homeschoolers who contribute curriculum, who take time to create blogs, and create podcasts or YouTube channels.
I ask that you would support them, follow them, share them with friends, and show some love.
Here are some resources you might find helpful in your search to support.
Melanin Books for Melanin Kids– a Facebook group that promotes kids’ books, infant to young adult, with predominately brown faces. They believe melanin representation in children’s literature matters.
Belinda Bullard created A Blessed Heritage Educational Resources to offer a more diverse portrayal of American history. After you check out her curriculum resources and blog, you may also want to listen in to my interview with her on the podcast.
Latonya Moore over at Joy In The Ordinary writes insightful blog posts that get you moving on your homeschool journey. She also heads up a podcast, teaches on Outschool, and has many other available resources (a Teachers Pay Teachers shop and a journal on Amazon.) Latonya is all about community and bringing homeschoolers together for support.
Check out The Intuitive Homeschooler by Camille, a mother of three and entrepreneur. On her blog she shares support and practical helps for getting started with homeschooling as well as homeschool mentoring services.
Akilah S. Richards’ work focuses on decolonizing education, exploring radical self-expression, and challenges us to push past fear by creating community with our children- by trusting and respecting them.
Headed up by Muffy Mandoza, Brown Mamas exists to provide positive socialization opportunities to Black mothers. Muffy provides meetups and events, a shop, and homeschooling resources for the black mom.
Dr. Jae, a Ph.D. candidate, has created and offers a curriculum to teach African American children about their heritage.
Erika runs My Busy Bees and Me– which is both a Youtube channel and blog where she chronicles her family’s homeschool journey. You will see lots of curriculum hauls and homeschool book reviews on her channel as well.
Camille from The Intuitive Homeschooler offers a blog and YouTube channel where she shares her homeschool journey, and offers practical homeschool advice and support, as well as homeschool coaching.
Visit Syreena at TheFallCo Family where she showcases her family of five’s homeschool journalistically through beautiful photography and videography filmmaking.
Karla and the Sensational Six shares her beautifully fun and holistic journey of unschooling and interest-led learning with her children on her YouTube channel.
Kamili Academy– offers Afrikan-centered, flexible homeschool virtual classes and coaching
Urban Intellectuals offers a suite of historical education products designed to educate, empower and engage a generation.
EyeSeeMe is a resource that promotes positive images about African American culture so that African American children will benefit by seeing themselves respectfully represented in the literature they read.
There are many more beautiful resources to explore, but these are just a few to start with.
Please support, pray, and be the light this world needs.
2 thoughts on “Grief and Overcoming Systemic Racism as a Homeschool Community”
Thank you for this wealth of links, Demetria. I am particularly intrigued by the books for younger children; I’ve also listened to and appreciated your interview with Belinda Bullard. And I will systematically start checking through the others!
I appreciate your taking the time to put this all together. It’s good to have a starting point for creating change through education and love.
I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview with Belinda Bullard- she is such a great resource! And thank you for taking time to sort through the links. There is a lot of great information out there, but the main this is what you said: creating change through education and love.