Continuing the Conversation
We believe the work is never done. It must be done in our every day life with the choices we make and the actions we take, and it must be done with intention, purpose and care. It is also important for the work to be done together. It is in that vein that we have created some resources to help others continue the conversation. In addition, we want to highlight the work of others in our community that directly or indirectly help move us forward in the work of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Both of Wanda's daughters work in education and have provided some ideas for how to use the book in the classroom. We also would like to hear from you and ask that you share your stories about diversity, acceptance and family.
Why We Need My Mom's Book...
I remember being a kid walking down the street feeling people staring at us- my mom with pale skin and blond hair, my sister with olive skin and long brown curls, and me with brown skin and wild, free locks. I am not sure if they were scared, or sad, or curious or what they were feeling. But they were staring, and I felt different. This book, my mom's book, reminds us that we are all "different". All of us have family members that have more, need more or work harder than others. That is because we are all human, part of the same tapestry of colors and textures, skills and abilities.
I wish I understood that as a kid. Or better yet, that we all knew how alike we really are. Then no one would be staring, and everyone would be smiling.
- Kori Sanchez Smith