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What To America Is The Fourth of July?

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave a keynote address at an Independence Day celebration and asked, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?".  He acknowledged the Founding Father's ideals of freedom, but lamented that these ideals were painfully hypocritical in light of the existence of slavery in the U.S. Five young descendants of Douglass recently gathered [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Let America Be America Again

  We are a few days away from Independence Day 2020. As in prior years today's Thoughtful Thursday celebrates Independence Day with two poems from one of America's most beloved and well-known poets, Langston Hughes (1902-1967).  These poems are even more powerful in light of recent events. Share and discuss with your children. Enjoy, and enjoy the 4th!   I, Too, [...]

Watch “Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special” With Your Children –TONIGHT on Nickelodeon!

Nick News is back with a special hour-long presentation–Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special, premiering TONIGHT,  June 29, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT).  Hosted by global superstar Alicia Keys, the program will feature the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement answering children's questions, offer tools for families to have constructive conversations about race and inclusivity, and highlight [...]

How to Help Your White Friends Raise an Anti-Racist Kid

These days, have you been hearing from your well-meaning white friends who want to know how they and their children can, to quote Mrs. Trump,  "be better"?  Here is a great quick read from the NYT, "How to Raise an Anti-Racist Kid", which lays out a few very useful bullet points, including: "not racist" implies neutrality; "anti-racist" recognizes that [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: New Voices

In today's Thoughtful Thursday we focus on two young African American poets: Angelo Geter (left photo) and Joshua Bennett (right photo). Angelo Geter is a poet and performance artist also known as "EyeAmBic." A National Poetry Slam champion, Geter is releasing his debut poetry collection in late 2020. He is the Poet Laureate of Rock Hill, SC,  and an Academy [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: What Shall We Tell Our Children?

Today's Thoughtful Thursday presents the poem "What Shall I Tell My Children Who are Black (Reflections of an African American Mother)" by artist, poet, author, and educator Margaret Burroughs (1915-2010).  It was written in 1968,  but could well have been written this week.  In it Burroughs addresses the issue of how to raise black boys up to be confident [...]

Anti-Racism Resources

              Have you or your children been getting a lot of requests from your white friends for resources about Black history and the struggle for racial justice these days?  It is exhausting, trying to deal with your own and your family's reactions to everything going on AND having your well meaning but less [...]

The Summer of 2020: What Are Your Kids Going To Do?

What will your children be doing this summer?  After a Spring of remote learning, no organized sports, no extra-curriculars and no playdates,  they are facing a summer of cancelled activities and continued social distancing. Many parents who made camp plans for their children last year or early 2020  are now trying to figure out a new plan. A new [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Memorial Day Gratitude

Memorial Day is a few days away.  While we are usually celebrating it as summer's official start, this year it makes much more sense to think about what the holiday is really about:  honoring those who have died during war while serving the U.S.  Honoring our war heroes. These days our war heroes have expanded beyond members of the [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Celebration of Lives

As we wrap up the second full month of lockdown,  we at GCP want to pay tribute to all of the many people who have been lost in this pandemic.  Friends and family members who succumbed to the Covid-19 virus, as well as those lost to unrelated illnesses.  Families and loved ones have been denied the ability to publicly [...]