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Dividing Lines: A History of Segregation in Kansas City

Audio Tour | 90-minute drive/tour

Journey through the history of segregation in the Kansas City metro, primarily through its real estate. The tour is designed so that you can safely drive through the city at your own pace while hearing stories about each area you travel through. Nathaniel Bozarth, ethnographer and host of the “Wide Ruled” podcast, narrates this 90-minute drive, bringing in interviews from several area students and notable city figures Sid Willens, Bill Tammeus, Mamie Hughes, and Margaret May. To learn more about this free audio tour, please visit:https://voicemap.me/tour/kansas-city/dividing-lines-a-history-of-segregation-in-kansas-city

Explore Black History Patch Program

Even if your Little is not a girl scout, this is a wonderful resource for everyone to check out. Celebrating Black History Month! We encourage all of our Girl Scouts to explore the incredible contributions of African American individuals across our region with this BRAND NEW patch program. This experience is a virtual "on your own" or troop program for all Girl Scout Grade Levels. Upon completion, you can purchase this special patch to wear on the back of your Girl Scout's tunic, sash or vest. Learn more and begin your exploration now... there is SO MUCH here to learn and explore!https://www.gsksmo.org/content/dam/girlscouts-gsksmo/OtherDocuments/virtual/Black-History-Patch-Program.pdf

National Conversations: Race, Relationships and Resources

As we celebrate Black History Month, we invite you to join us for a National Conversation with Artis Stevens, President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), Cheslie Kryst, Miss USA 2019, and National Board member for BBBSA, and Dr. Nia Imani Fields, Maryland 4-H Program Leader and Assistant Director of University of Maryland Extension. They will share their insights about 'The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity'. Tanya Gibson, VP of DEI & HR for BBBSA, will serve as a moderator for the discussion, focusing on breaking barriers—Artis, as the first Black CEO for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America; Cheslie, who is the first Diversity Advisor for Poyner Spruill, LLP; and Dr. Nia Imani Fields, who is the first Black Woman Program Leader for Maryland 4-H. Facebook Link:https://www.facebook.com/BigBrothersBigSisters/videos/145723357314413

Discussion on Racism & Violence

In June 2020, BBBSKC held a training called A Discussion About Racism & Violence, led by DEI experts and BBBSKC DEI Board Members Nicole Jacobs-Silvey and Chantell Garrett. The training was taped so that Bigs who were unable to join the call are still able to learn about how to talk to your Little about current events, racism, and violence. Click here to view the video: https://www.dropbox.com/s/th390lqc6n8c4nh/zoom_0%20%281%29.mp4?dl=0

Guides and Information on Interacting with Law Enforcement

Encountering Racism

Racism can look a multitude of ways: "can I touch your hair?," "where are you from?," "oh, you live in the bad part of town," or "aren't all Black people good at sports?". Micro-aggressions and blatant racism are something that we know our youth face while interacting with peers at school, watching it portrayed in a cartoon show, seeing it reported on the news, or elsewhere. At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we encourage our Bigs to engage in several trainings to learn how to have conversations with Littles around these challenging topics. These conversations are an excellent opportunity for youth to learn about race, explore similarities, celebrate differences, and work towards unity within their community. Find suggested reading material for how to have these difficult conversations about race on our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page, with even more suggested reading materials on racism and recent protests https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/parenting/kids-books-racism-protest.html

Articles to help open and lead these conversations with youth: ​

Additional Resources:

  • This article by National Geographic advises families about how to talk to their child about race.
  • Howard Stevenson, a clinical psychologist, professor, and expert in racial literacy leads a powerful discussion in this article
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice

Resources for Hispanic Communities

LGBTQIA+ Resources

DACA/Immigrant/Refugee Info and Resources

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