I started the month of April off with a treat, as I had the opportunity to support VOW’s Family Learning Village (FLV) session on April 1st. During FLVs, parents come and meet with other parent co-conspirators to devise ways to protect their children’s Black Genius. The session started with an activity, called “Where I’m from,” borrowed from the amazing women at SpiritHouse. Families shared memories of their favorite smells, family traditions, and places where they felt most safe.
The conversation of the workshop evolved to a discussion on the negative messages that Black children are frequently exposed to in the media and many times even at school. Our parents (and protectors of Black Genius) then highlighted the amazing messages they share with their children to fill them with pride and positive feelings related to their Black identity. And I heard this powerful takeaway – if we fill our children with positive messages about Blackness, then our children won’t have the space to carry the negative messages and will have the ability to combat them. Protecting Black Genius indeed.
Here are our favorite ten positive messages about Black people that parents promised to share with their children.
1) Black people are trendsetters just look at the dope things we do with our hair & clothes.
2) Black people are Intuitive/Innovative
3) Black people often become leaders in our youth many times demonstrating wisdom far beyond our age
4) There is an unbreakable joy that lies within Black people
5) Black people are graceful even in the face of oppression
6) Black people stick together and we love our community
7) Black folk are resilient and we just don’t quit.
8) Black folk find amazing ways to make something out of nothing
9) Black people are bold/brave
10) Black people are beautiful. We are beautiful.