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.