"What I did with my older son Massai (pictured) is take him to the Martin Luther King museum. It was absolutely amazing. They hear speeches, they teach the kids about his mission, his walk of peace and his involvement with the Civil Rights Movement. I explained to Massai that he has to be 10 times better, smarter, more focused, to always take the high road, and to always be the leader, not a follower. My mom is an artist, so I've got tons of Black art. We watch a lot of movies. I think for me it's a combination of sharing with Massai my favorite things about Black history — whether it's musical, film or historical, and try to bring it back around and relate it to how it's affecting his life right now. We read a lot. We're reading Frederick Douglass's autobiography together. We started reading Native Son too." (Source: Essence)
"Our history and culture are very important to both me and my family. I am always excited to teach Cree about our culture. My favorite way is reading books like Who Is Rosa Parks? and Who Is Martin Luther King? to him. Both of these include pictures, which is a huge plus!"
One of the first things I taught my girls was our Black national anthem, 'Lift Every Voice.' I’ve always loved that song, so while driving in the car when they were small, that would be the song that we would sing. I did this until they learned it word for word. When both of my girls where in the second grade, I did a one-woman show for their class as Bessie Coleman, the first African-American female pilot. I dressed up like her and I spoke to the class in her voice and shared her life story with them. They were riveted! After my performance I taught the class 'Lift Every Voice' and passed out a pamphlet that I made of African-American firsts. It was great seeing little children of all colors sing our anthem. We are also Black art collectors, so all my girls ever saw were images of Black people all around our home."