Teaching our Youth about Race and Racism

Due to the recent tragic murders of Black men and women, our José Martí Child Development Center staff at Hirabayashi Place wanted to help tackle conversations with children about race, racism, and systemic injustices. Seattle Public Library’s Early Learning Program Manager CiKeithia Pugh and Children’s Librarian Mynique Adams helped us by ordering books through the generous funds from the Seattle Public Library and the Seattle Public Library Foundation. In total, we received 478 books donated to our classrooms at Hirabayashi Place. We are grateful that she shared her knowledge about challenging subject matters while considering our youth participants’ different home languages.