Welcome to Freedom Reads: Anti-Bias Book Talk from Teaching for Change. In this video series, we introduce children’s books using an anti-bias, anti-racist lens as a strategy to talk about issues around race and the world with children. (View other episodes on the series home page and our YouTube playlist.)
The book featured in the video below is We March (2012), written and illustrated by Shane W. Evans for children in lower elementary and early childhood. In We March, readers follow a Black family with young children as they wake up and prepare with members of their community — and around the nation — for the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Find out why we recommend the book in this episode hosted by Allyson Criner Brown, associate director at Teaching for Change. Brown also points out key themes and words to highlight as parents and teachers read the book aloud.
Five Key Takeaways From We March:
- Collective action of everyday people
- Role of Black churches
- Protest signs and themes
- Singing and music as protest
- Marching across racial lines
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