Do The Work
Updated: Feb 17
At Matching Peace, we believe that Black History is not reserved to a single month, but that Black History is American History, which should be explored and celebrated everyday. It is a priority of ours to incorporate anti-bias, anti-racism, critical race theory, critical whiteness theory and cultural responsiveness into our vales to educate on an ongoing basis. We are often asked what this work looks like and how our educational aspirations assist in this space. The answer is not a "one size fits all" solution, but is one that is tailored towards a specific person, group or institution.
Understanding our individual identity, in addition to awareness concerning white supremacy and systemic racism are paramount to successfully executing the work set forth. These foundational concepts take time and will not eradicate systemic racism immediately, but will have positive consequences over time. It is not abnormal to remain in this foundational stage for years. When it comes to identity and awareness, we encourage people to participate in challenges to save resources, reflect on what they've learned and take action on their findings.
Below are the challenges that we recommend:
Do The Work 30 Day Challenge curated by Rachel Cargle (click here for all 30 days). Be sure to follow Rachel Cargle on Instagram for her posts on the 2021 Black History Month learning series.
Starting March 1, 2021, nation-wide YWCAs will be doing a 21 day Racial Equity and Social Justice challenge. To register for the YWCA of Northwest Ohio's challenge, click here.
Purchase Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad. Me and White Supremacy started out as a daily challenge and is a beneficial book to have in your at-home or school library.
Be on the lookout for a challenge from Matching Peace focused on work in the classroom for the second quarter.
Additional Resources that can be incorporated in the a classroom lesson or at-home:
Facing History and Ourselves: Honoring Black Agency & Black Joy
Equal Justice Initiative: Daily Racial Injustice Calendar
Call To Action
Join the Talk It Out Piece by Peace Facebook Group. This group is private, will be a safe space to share and only for those who subscribe to the Talk It Out Piece by Peace newsletter, attend the book discussions or listen to the podcast.
Share your reflections in the FB group or individually with Kelley at email@example.com.
Monthly Book Discussions
Are you an educator seeking opportunities to develop an at home or classroom library with content that will help you make tangible changes in the classroom? Join Talk It Out Piece by Peace Book Discussions for insights on culturally-responsive books and opportunities to ask questions while building your educator community outside the bounds of your school. Whether you are familiar with foundation texts like White Fragility or Stamped From the Beginning or not, our book selections will help your transform your classroom into both a safe and brave space for all students.
Join us on the Clubhouse app every Wednesday at 4.30pm or outside of Clubhouse on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 4pm (click here to join).
For the month of February, we will be reading: Not Light, But Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom by Matthew Kay. For the monthly book selections: click here.
Talk It Out Piece by Peace Podcast
Talk It Out Piece by Peace is a podcast that breaks down complex frameworks into topics that are accessible and geared toward activating collectivism. Each episode is designed to create a space where diverse groups of people can learn and grow together for the betterment of humanity. Click here for our first episode breaking down Critical Race Theory.
Would you like to be on the Talk It Out Piece by Peace podcast? Click here.
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