Covenant Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

around the Kitchen table
resources for discussing race, justice with children

Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi (7:54) All Ages

This story is read by Tiffany Jana.  It contains several words you’ll want to define for younger children:

society (watch the What’s is Society video below);
climate justice: (click here for games and activities that help explain climate justice.);
racial justice: (click here to reach Edutopia’s ideas on using children’s literature, news stories, anti-bias lessons, toys and gender stereotypes, and service projects to help explain racial justice);

Prayer: Sing Jesus Loves the Little Children (new words!)

Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Big and little, young and old,
It’s the greatest story told.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.  Amen.
Ask: What is society?  What societies do you belong to?  Who is missing?
Prayer:  Gracious God, thank you for all the places we belong.  Make us quick to include others.  Amen.
Explore the places mentioned in the story. 
Ask: What are the different foods the people in Shante’s neighborhood eat for good luck on New Year’s Day?  
Prayer:  Try a tasting prayer.  Gather and taste the foods in the story (black-eyed peas, crisp golden dumplings, haggish and cheese, grapes, and sweets).  Talk about the different cultures and taste all the different foods.  Thank God for all the people, places and foods in the world.  Amen!
Ask: What is a neighbor?  Who is your neighbor?  What makes a good neighbor? 
Prayer:  Gracious God, we thank you for our neighbors.  Help us to be kind and loving neighbors.  Amen.
Name as many of Martin’s Big Words as you can. 
Ask: What makes these words “big words?”  What does love look like?  What does peace smell like?  What does courage feel like?  What does hope taste like?
Prayer:  Gracious God, we thank you for big words: love, peace, courage, hope.  May we live each and every day with love, peace, courage and hope.  Amen.  
Ask: What is segregation?  What could people of different skin colors NOT do?  What is an activist? 
Who was Rosa Parks?  What’s a boycott?  Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.?  What ended segregation?  
What could people do after the Civil Rights Act of 1964?  
Prayer:  Gracious God, thank you for all the people who worked hard so that we can live and work and eat wherever we want.   Help us to work hard too.  Amen.
Ask: Who are the original people of the United States?  Name the five largest tribes and nations.  Use your imagination to describe in your own words one or each of the five cultures. 
Prayer: Gracious God, you love all the children of the world, big and little, young and old.  Help us to do the same.  Amen.