The past few months have been incredibly trying for all of us, but they have also further exposed the racial and social inequities that have been present in our community.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
We are so much stronger together. We stand in solidarity with our friends, families, colleagues and neighbors — especially those in the Black community — who have had enough and are peacefully speaking out, organizing and mobilizing for racial justice. We stand with those who are frustrated at the racism and systemic inequities that are keeping communities from thriving and preventing generations from equitable access to opportunities. We stand with families who are holding their children and vowing that for them, things will be better.
A united community is one where all people are treated with dignity and respect and are valued for their strengths and the contributions they have to offer. One that includes all voices and perspectives, and recognizes that while different backgrounds and points of view challenge us and make us uncomfortable at times, they also make us stronger and help ensure our communities work for everyone. One that fully upholds equity and justice for all, especially for people of color and other marginalized communities. One that acknowledges we are always stronger together.
One of those voices is Dr. Patrick Tutwiler, Superintendent of Lynn Public Schools and one of our United Way Board members. We thank him for his leadership and for adding his voice during this tumultuous time, and encourage others to do the same. We believe that an open dialogue focused on solutions is what will help move us forward. Below this message is a list of resources to stir those conversations and more importantly, help us take the actions that will bring about equitable access to opportunity for those who have endured far too long.
For Children and Families
Talking race with young children
31 children’s books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance
Wee The People Boston
Are your kids too young to talk about race?
Courageous conversations for racial justice
What to do for racial justice
New York Times anti-rascist reading list
Is My Skin Brown Because I Drank Chocolate Milk? | Beverly Daniel Tatum | TEDxStanford
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