Monday, January 17, 2011

Emily & MLK

Emily is in the first grade. This is the first time that she brought home anything from school to show that she learned about MLK. The other night at dinner, we talked about Martin Luther King and what he was about. Ben has one African American boy in his class (whose adopted to white parents) and Emily doesn't have any. She said, "well, there is one girl whose skin is kind of brown". We do have a great Hispanic population that helps make up for the lack of diversity in this small town. And it really doesn't matter if you are African American, Asian, Hispanic or Caucasian, the idea is that everyone is equal.

Emily did several art projects about MLK. The first being this set of hands (one white who desperately needs a manicure to clean her cuticles, and one dark)

And on the inside she wrote about what kind of person she will be.

She also made a little book about Dr. King.

I particularly like her drawing of 2 school girls playing together.

The truth is, my kids don't even seem to notice or care about skin color.
It may have taken almost 50 years, but that's exactly what MLK dreamed about.


pam said...

Love it! I'm reading The Help right now. It takes place in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi where Black women raised White babies; babies who loved these women as if they were their own mothers, but later in life gave into societal demands/laws and treated them like dirt. These babies didn't know or understand these women were Black. There is no doubt that children have to be taught how to hate. It is so much easier to love. I'm so happy that Emily is learning about the importance of MLK so early!

Anonymous said...

Great Job Emily! As was mentioned on the Opray show yesterday(MLK Day) "God created one race... the human race".. there was more to the quote, but this is enough. I also read the book Pam mentioned, in fact I gave it to Betsy for her b'day as I thought she could probably really relate having grown up in that era and culture and she did. Many things have changed drastically in the past 50 years and this is one of the good changes. Let's hope there is never again a reversal of that change. ☼

Linda said...

I think that's great!

I grew up with different influences though because of experiences my Dad had within the inner city of Chicago and where we live (in Rantoul) it's extremely diverse, which is and at the same time, isn't, a good thing because we've found that there needs to be a good balance of all walks of life. Ideally, I would like to say that everyone gets along here, but that isn't the case. It's about 50/50 in the division of race here which includes not only whites, blacks, but also a large hispanic population and growing asian population as well. Thankfully, Sarah has friends from all different backgrounds, but we also clearly recognize now the good and bad that is present in the human race, in general, irregardless of color or social upbringing.

Great, thoughtful, post. Love Emily's booklet.