Today was day 2 of Grounded Kids 95 hour Certification Intensive Online. In a group that totals 15, there is 1 black woman. Out of hundreds of Grounded Kids teachers, less than 50 are black. I will spend time figuring out how to correct such a discrepancy but first I have a lot to learn.

Thank you to the following people for teaching.

Nikki Porcher, founder of the non-profit organization Buy From A Black Woman and Grounded Kids teacher completing certification in our online training:

Nikki seamlessly transitioned her yoga clubs online when the schools shut down. You can find her recordings on our Grounded Kids FB page of her once live streamed Grounded Kids Yoga Club classes. Go to this link to find a directory of black owned businesses you can support to put your money where your heart is.

She led our group today in a conversation about how women with privilege can be allies that truly make a difference. She spoke candidly and we listened. She opened it up to questions and Najia asked “how can we talk to our children about what happened without traumatizing them.” The resources shared in this post are designed to help you do that.

Brittany@antisocialbritt is an educator I follow on Twitter. She shared a list of many children’s books that address issues of race and racism, including:

26 Children’s Books to support conversation on race, racism and resistance

Malcolm Little by Ilyasah Shabazz illustrated by AG Ford

Let It Shine by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Something Happened In Our Town by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins and Ann Hazzard Illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin

My Hair is a Garden words and pictures by Cozbi A. Cabrera

Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh

Young Water Protectors Written by Aslan Tudor and Kelly Tudor

My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero with Erica Moroz

We Are Grateful by Traci Sorell illustrated by Frane Lessac

I Am Not A Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer illustrated by Gillian Newland

Schomburg The Man Who Built A Library by Carole Boston Weatherford illustrated by Eric Velasquez

Lailah’s Lunchbox A Ramadan Story by Lea Lyon

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson illustrated by Rafael López

The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren Illustrated by Fabio Santomauro

Moses When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

When I Was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton Art by Gabrielle Grimard

Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin Illustrated by Lauren Tobia

Chocolate Milk Por Favor by Maria Dismondy Illustrated by Donna Farrell

Voice of Freedom Fannie Lou Hamer by Carole Boston Weatherford Illustrated by Ekua Holmes

When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson and Julie Flett

Shining Star The Anna May Wong Story by Paula Yoo and Lin Wang

Little Leaders Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Hair Love by Mathew A. Cherry Illustrated by Vashti Harrison

Emiliya Adelson, Child Psychologist and Grounded Teacher provided these wonderful online resources:

Put Students First. Seek Growth. Be Open to Change.Do Great Work Together. Value Differences Community/Conversations/Resources

Resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children: Compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020.




Articles to read:

Videos to watch:

Podcasts to subscribe to:


Books to read:

Films and TV series to watch:

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) — Hulu with Cinemax or available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

Organizations to follow on social media:

More anti-racism resources to check out: