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FORJ Update

FORJ Update

FORJ Update

The Mason-Rice FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice) team is looking forward to the start of Black History Month! This is a great opportunity for us to recognize the central role of blacks in U.S. History. The theme of Black History Month 2018 is “African Americans in Times of War”. This month marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and honors the roles that black Americans have played in warfare, from the American Revolution to the present day.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. – Harriet Tubman

Consider checking out one of the recommended books from this list at the local library to read with your children this month:
https://www.familyeducation.com/fun/black-history-month/top-15-childrens-books-black-history-month

We are excited to share a few upcoming events that we’d love to see you at!

SPARK is hosting Debby Irving (author of Waking Up White) and Shay Steward-Bouley
Date: Sunday, February 25th
Location: Natick High School auditorium, 25 West Street, Natick MA 01760
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Book Info: http://www.debbyirving.com/the-book/

Talking about Racism with your Children: Why and How? (rescheduled because of weather)
Date: Wednesday, February 28th
Location: Salvation Army Kroc Center, 650 Dudley St, Boston, MA 02125
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/newton-metco-parent-meeting-tickets-41384289524
Details: The session, held in Newton in last Spring, will be led by Parent Coach and Diversity Educator Amy Behrens, a Newton parent, and Newton METCO Director Maricel Sheets. It will:
* Allow reflection of your own experiences around issues of race and racism.
* Demonstrate the importance of early conversations with children on race.
* Provide “how-to” help for guiding children and answering challenging questions.
* Highlight resources available to help parents and families navigate the issues.

The 2018 Newton Family Conference
Date: Saturday, March 24
Location: Newton North High School
Time: 1 – 4 pm
Details: The goal of the Newton Family Conference is to advance dialogue around issues of race, culture, and identity; create opportunities for families of color within NPS to meet each other; and to build relationships between families of color and white families within the district. The family conference is one way in which the Newton Public School District is seeking to create culturally responsive school communities. Join us! To RSVP, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-newton-family-conference-tickets-42724185188.

For general information about FORJ and our ongoing efforts, learn more here:

* https://www.facebook.com/FORJNewton
* https://forjnewton.com/

If you are interested in joining the M-R FORJ Committee, please contact Emily Frank, our MR team leader, at mlefrank@gmail.com.

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