I watched this animated Storycorps video today, and almost burst into tears. Between the heroic teachers and principal, Mr. Hill, that William Lynn Weaver encountered during his education and the ones who deliberately shut him out because of the color of his skin, I felt all of the emotions that most of us probably have right beneath the surface just surge through me all at once. Mr. Weaver’s story is set in the 1960’s, but I am sad to see that the racism he describes has not disappeared. Fortunately, neither have the wonderful educators who champion children like him.
This is my weekly anti-racist post. For more Storycorps inspiration along the same vein, you may want to read my post, “Eyes on the Stars” about astronaut Ronald McNair.
Here are my previous anti-racism posts in case you have missed them:
- Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices
- Anti-Racist Resource Guide
- Systemic Racism Explained
- Stamped Digital Readers Notebook
- Brainpop: Black Lives Matter Protests
- 21-Day Challenge
- When Your “President” Says “Kung Flu”
- Texts for Talking About Race
- I Don’t See Color
Also, for more amazing anti-racism resources, check out the Live Binder curated by Joy Kirr.