Remember the previous article about the bus stop arriving at the bus stop, and the person who would not allow the black person to sit next to them on the bus?  Now, as the bus finally arrives at the library with all of the people, you certainly hope that the library will have the following books to help educate others of all ages about what racism is, and how to identify and stop it:

  1. “Abby Takes a Stand” by Patricia McKissack: Gee, now an elderly grandmother, recalls for her grandchildren what happened during the 1960’s in Nashville, Tennessee, when at age ten Gee passed out flyers, and her cousin and others held sit-ins at restaurants and lunch counters to protest and fight against segregation, which is the separation of white and black people.
  2. “We’re Different, We’re the Same” by Bobbi Jane Kates and the Sesame Street characters explores how even though we may look very different on the outside, we are very much alike on the inside, and that’s what counts!
  3. “Same, Same But Different” by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw: This book is on the list because it illustrates the relationship that blossoms between two pen pals who come from two very different parts of the world, and shows how people from other cultures can still be friends.
  4. Rosa Parks: Back in 1955, Rosa Parks, and African-American woman, would not give up her seat to a white person on the bus. Read these books to get a better sense of what life was like back then, and learn more about racism.
  5. “My Vanishing Country” by Bakari Sellers: this book explores how black people are treated in southern states and the everyday experiences they face.
  6. “A Kid’s Book about Racism” by Jelani Memory: This children’s book describes what racism is for children using imaginative pictures, word art, and visuals to explore the topic more in depth and make it more understandable for children.
  7. “Say Something” by Peter H. Reynolds: This picture book looks at how one person can make a difference in their community by expressing themselves about topics and ideas that matter to them through drawing, public speech, painting, or other creative ways to express themselves and what they stand for in the world.
  8. “All are Welcome” by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman: enter a school where children from all races are accepted for who they are in this children’s story about accepting others from different backgrounds and cultures.
  9. “I am Enough” by Grace Byers and Keturah A. Bobo celebrates the important message that all people deserve to be appreciated for who they are.
  10. “Skin Like Mine” by Latashia M. Perry: This book highlights how diverse and different children are in this entertaining storybook for kids.

Multi-diversity is basically how diverse, or different, people are and how they are represented within the community.  There may be many different kinds of people who come from many different backgrounds or cultures that attend school and live in the community, so it is important to not only recognize the many different cultures that can be found in a community, but also to acknowledge and respect the many customs and traditions that they have.

The following are some simple ways in which to encourage and celebrate the many different cultures that are represented in our society:

  1. Learn something new about the person’s culture: this can be through show and tell at school, by getting to know the person better and spending time with them, or by going shopping with them to see what kinds of clothes they like to wear. This will help in understanding more about the person and their day to day life.
  2. Learn more about their customs and traditions: do they attend mass every week and do not work on Sundays? Do they have a special place they go to in school or at home to meditate or pray, and what are their religious beliefs like?  How do they feel about schoolwork, and what are their favorite subjects in school?  What are their favorite foods and drinks?  These are all good questions to ask as you explore another culture.
  3. Create an individual life rope project: this type of project is a fun project that one can do in the comfort of their own home by using a few cherished pictures from your life.

First, make a copy of the picture using your color printer and set the picture to the side.

Then, take a hole puncher and put a hole in the top of the picture, where the string will go through to make the “rope.”  Once you have tied the rope through the top of the pictures, take out a few index cards (not shown in picture) and glue one index card to the bottom of each of the pictures- Then, write a note on the index card to describe what is going on in each of the pictures.  This type of project will help to not only detail what is important to an individual who may come from a different culture, but will highlight the many different kinds of experiences that they have had in this personalized project.

  1. Have a “Multi-Cultural Day:” Think of a multicultural day as a celebration of all different backgrounds and cultures coming together to learn more about each other’s traditions, diversities, and what makes them unique.  People can host a multicultural day in their own homes or communities, or at school where you would be able to meet students, staff, and others who may come from many different backgrounds and cultures.

A celebration can be held at the school in a common meeting place that is large enough to safely hold a party or gathering, and tables can be set up to represent different “countries” with students who are from those places, such as students who come here to learn from Asia, Egypt, Japan, the Middle East, or other European countries and places.  Also, students can write reports about their country, and share them with others along with offering homemade food and drinks from their native country to others.

  1. Play multicultural games: this can be anything from learning the origin of where Duck, Duck, Goose! came from, to playing Marco Polo in the water in the summertime. Playing and learning more about games and where they first began will help to bring about a sense of community while having fun at the same time.  Here are some games from around the globe:

⧫ In Greece, children play a game called “Statue” where one child is the statue and has to think of a statue to imitate and strike a pose! The other children then follow along with the leader and imitate that statue as best they could without breaking their poses.

The leader “statue” then tries to make the other statues lose their balance by making funny faces, but cannot touch the other statues.  This game is also good for balance and coordination, and in learning about famous art and sculptures in the country of Greece.

⧫ Marco Polo Pool Game: Marco Polo was an explorer and merchant who sold goods while traveling throughout Italy, and the game Marco Polo has been popularized as a classic game for both children and young adults during the summertime.  In this game, one person gets to be “it” and closes their eyes while searching for others in a pool.  While the other players are hiding in the pool and moving about quietly, the person who is “it” is left traveling around the pool to find the other players.  This game is usually played as a group, and requires a personal or community pool.

⧫ Duck, Duck, Goose!: In this classic children’s game that is popular in America and in England, one child is picked to be it, and walks around a circle of children while patting them on the head and calling each of them “ducks.”  The child then has to pick a “goose” who will then be it, and runs around the circle to get away from the child who is it.

This game also has a few different variations that are played in different parts of the globe, and is a popular children’s game.

  1. Learn what types of sports are popular in their native country: learning not only what types of games they like to play, but also what kinds of sports are popular from their country will help you to learn more about their place of origin, and what is important to them as you embark on a multicultural exploration, from soccer games in Italy to swimming in Brazil, to the World Cup competitions celebrated by many countries, it is fun to learn more about the many different kinds of sports that are represented around the globe.