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An Open Letter to Black Families Unexpectedly Homeschooling

Janiyah (age 4) and Adinkra Cloth
  1. Family Discussions-Set some time aside to meet as a family daily to reflect on how everyone is coping. In a large bowl, place individual questions to foster a space of open discussion. Some of these questions may include: Since, being in quarantine what do you miss the most? What do you worry about? What new hobbies have you gained? Where is the first place you would like to visit? Who is the first person you would like to go and see? You will be surprised on what kind of responses you hear. Also, take some time to discuss, issues of structural racism because our children are listening to the news alongside us and are experiencing many emotions as well. Remember, it is okay for you to show vulnerability.
  2. Character Development Using Adinkra Symbols-Have your children find character traits of African and African American people historically and presently; highlight the courage, ingenuity, and resilience of Black excellence across times. One source is the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on Facebook.
  3. Readings-Useni Eugene Perkins’s poem, Hey, Black Child. There is also a picture book and online video with this poem. For older readers, the book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You is an engaging read and can be found on Audible (Hint: it can be read to them by the author — not you!).
  4. Africa-Begin with geography lesson of continents and then learn more in depth information about Africa. For example, the song, In My Africa. Families can focus on ancient Kemet (Egypt) and the Ma’at principles: truth, justice, balance, order, compassion, harmony, and reciprocity through discussion, read alouds, and research. The read aloud, Light as a Feather: The 42 Laws of Ma’at for Children provides our children with background knowledge of ancient Kemet and the seven principles. Likewise, it is always fascinating to know that Africa is the cradle of all civilization and to study ancient kingdoms such as Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Kush, Ghana, Songhay, and Mali so we understand many of the legacies present among African American people today. Children will enjoy role playing and dressing up as kings and queens.



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Kamania & Gloria

Kamania Wynter-Hoyte is an Assistant Professor at University of South Carolina and Gloria Swindler Boutte is Distinguished Professor at University of South Caro