Become A Decolonizer Ambassador
A Note From Chemay Morales-James
On June 10, 2018, I unexpectedly lost my dear friend and business partner, Shaheerah Khalilah Love Brann. In 2016 we co-founded Decolonizing Education Publishing and co-authored our first children’s book together, The ABCs of the Black Panther Party. Khalilah was a committed educator who fought hard to center the lives of children of the African Diaspora in schools throughout her work as a teacher and, in recent years, as a brilliant social justice consultant. Khalilah truly was in the height of her career delivering one-of-a-kind conscious pedagogical work, such as her popular Woke Cypha curriculum development series and much more!
Khalilah never had biological children of her own, but she mothered hundreds of youth as a high school history teacher. She showed up at their doors when no one else cared to find out why there weren’t in school. She took in teens who had no place to live or were in need of a safe refuge. She accompanied young girls to doctor visits when their families turned them away because they were pregnant. She intentionally taught history from an Afro-centric lens, which gave youth permission to be unapologetically Black in a world Khlailah knew devalued them. Khalilah was more than a teacher. She was a mother in every sense of the word–loving her children unconditionally and giving them the tools to grow up to be leaders in their communities.
So, when it was time for Khalilah and I to do our personal dedications for our book, it made sense that, without any hesitation, she chose to dedicate it “for the children”–her children. Khalilah had stated several times how much we needed to work hard to get our book in the hands of as many kids as possible, because we saw first hand, as teachers, students not being taught about our revolutionary heroes in schools. During her physical life, Khalilah worked tirelessly to keep the legacy of our ancestors alive in classrooms. It is only right that I honor her legacy as she did for those that came before us.
It is this reason I chose to start a book fund titled, “Books for Khalilah’s Children”. Through this fund, anyone can purchase one or several of our book, The ABCs of the Black Panther Party, to be donated to children in schools or youth centers across America. Donation options are listed below. Keep in mind, the more you give, the more kids and their teachers get! Help keep our stories alive. Become a Decolonizer Ambassador when you donate today!
Tier 1 (1-9 books)- MRM will select schools or youth programs to send donated books. Our first priority is to send books to students attending schools Kahlilah loved, taught in, or attended in New York.
Tier 2 (10 or more books)- You have the option to self-select a youth provider or school to send books to with your name mentioned as a donor.
Tier 3 (20-35 books for 1 classroom)- In addition to getting a book in the hands of each child in a classroom of your choice, I will do a live reading for the class you select via skype. Oh, and the lucky classroom teacher gets a pdf copy of the Parent-Teacher Guide that accompanies the book!!
Tier 4 (70 books for 2 classrooms)- All of the children and teachers in two classrooms you select will get a copy of the book plus a pdf Parent-Teacher guide for each classroom teacher. I will do a live reading for the combined classes you select via skype or in person if they are in the NYC, CT, or Boston MA area.
Tier 5 (400 or more books for 1 school)- An entire school of kids will take home The ABCs of the Black Panther Party, each teacher will get a free pdf of the accompanying Parent-Teacher Guide and a signed classroom poster. The school can opt for a live whole school reading of the book via skype or in person anywhere! If the in-person option is selected, travel and meal costs will have to be provided by the school or donor if outside the NYC, CT, or Boston, MA area. The in-person reading option also includes a free 2 hour workshop for teachers on the same or following day on how to nurture positive racial and ethnic identity development in classrooms.
Contact us if you would like your school, classroom, or youth organization be considered to receive books from Khalilah!