My Reflection Matters (MRM), LLC offers learning experiences for home or unschoolers that intentionally center the cultural attributes, traditions, and histories of Black and Brown communities. Classes are taught primarily by teachers of color in order to promote our mission in offering opportunities for youth to see themselves in positions of leadership. Continue reading “MRM Announces New Art Classes”
On Earth Day, yesterday, thousands of science supporters gathered across the country to march in protest against the anti-science policies of Trump. In honor of this event, I’ve seen many posts and articles about important scientists and inventors who have made significant contributions to our society. My mind, however, kept asking…but where are all the Black & Latinx geniuses???
By Chemay Morales-James
Growing up, I never felt completely connected with identifying as a feminist. It wasn’t because I was oblivious to the continued misogyny and social inequities me and my girls continued to experience on a daily, but when women’s rights were brought up in high school and college, they almost never included the voices of women of color nor was there any acknowledgement of the racist, patriarchal division that was ironically upheld by White women during the suffrage and other movements. In fact, the recent Women’s March on Washington received much criticism from Black & Brown activists in how it initially left out women of color and was protected by law enforcement during the mass protests, which is a stark contrast to the militarized police that often make themselves present during protests lead by Black and Brown communities.
On both January 21st and 22nd of this year, three women organized the country’s largest political demonstration, drawing in nearly half a million Americans to The Women’s March on Washington and over 3 million nationally. These women – Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez – sought to amplify the voices of all those who find themselves at the mercy of patriarchy’s clenched fists. In addition to the typically advertised causes of feminism including reproductive rights and the gender wage gap, protesters rose signs calling attention to police brutality against black bodies, waved rainbow flags in support of LGBT identifying folks, and called out against the Dakota Access Pipeline. This was a demonstration of third wave feminism. This was intersectional. And despite the valid intra-community criticisms against the actual execution of the Women’s March, I ask what we as educators can take away from this major event and how can we bring what we learned into the classroom?
Bad Hair Does Not Exist is a much needed book that affirms the beauty in the multi-textured hair our Black and Brown children are naturally born with. This book aims to defy what mainstream media has defined is the standard of beauty. Check out the video to learn more about the author and her story behind writing this book. Continue reading “Why This Mom Wrote A Bilingual Book Called ‘Bad Hair Doesn’t Exist’”