The ABCs of Racism: Fostering Conversations and Action about Race and Justice with Kids

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Join the Somerville Public Library and Wee the People for an important conversation for parents and caregivers.

From cradle to grave, by every metric of well-being we can measure -- education, employment, health, housing -- research tells us that deep racial disparities persist in our society. Research also tells us that children begin to notice and assign meaning to skin color by the age of 2. This makes racial literacy a critical part of preparing our children to lead lives as engaged, equity-minded problem-solvers in the world. 

This workshop explores fundamental concepts of systemic racism, the barriers that block us from engaging with kids around race and racism, the social science of race awareness in children, and strategies to start and sustain antiracist and action in school and at home.

About Wee the People:

Wee The People (WTP) is is a Boston-based racial and social justice education project that designs high-impact, arts-based programming for kids, anti-racism workshops for communities, and professional development training for organizations. Founded and led by Black women since 2015, Wee The People aims to:

  • INSPIRE children to notice and speak out against injustice
  • SUPPORT parents and educators in starting and sustaining conversations about race and equity with kids
  • CENTER and affirm the experience of Black and other equity-deserving communities

Questions? Contact Kerry:

This workshop is part of the Somerville Public Library's 2023 Somerville Reads programming. For more information about Somerville Reads, visit:

Start Time: 
6:30 PM
End Time: 
8:30 PM

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