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Black Futures

Black Futures - Possibilities and actions we can take today to support Black people seeking liberation, freedom, and joy - without ignoring how our individual choices and government system has targeted and hurt Black people throughout history and the present.

Black Futures Month was established in 2015 by the Movement for Black Lives.

SMASH THE KYRIARCHY

Why Act Now?

Not all people in our community have the same access to the support and opportunities we need. Some are even prevented from accessing what we need because of our race - particularly Black Americans.

We have lived like this for over 400 years. In order to hold Indigenous land and build the United States - colonists needed many people to do their bidding for free or very little pay. They created a new, over-simplified way of dividing people - ‘Black,’ and ‘white,’ and used these labels to determine who had access to rights and freedom, and who had to work for free.

All of our modern systems - including the way we educate, spend money, and create laws - are designed to keep Black people from gaining power - so we can keep them working for cheap.

Enslaved people fought against - and abolished - the old system of slavery, in addition to innovating and shaping American culture today. Black people reclaimed what it means to be ‘Black’ as an identifier of pride in their survival and culture.

But we still use systems that target and hurt Black families. And since none of us are free until all of us are free - it’s our responsibility as Americans of every racial background - to end Black oppression.

We start by learning accurate Black history. We get honest about how our society continues to target Black people today. And we continue by following the lead of Black leaders creating Black futures - new possibilities of how we could live in shared liberation and joy - both tomorrow and today.

Black Futures: A Family Action Toolkit

If we don't care about an issue, we won't take action. Kids have the right to choose curiosity-provoking resources that connect with our values and abilities.

1. SPARK CURIOSITY

Engage

Learn how this issue impacts us and the people we care about.

2. ASK QUESTIONS

Discuss

Process with adults who are willing to be honest and challenge our assumptions.

3. SET INTENTIONS

Reflect

Transform what we've learned into hands-on creativity.

4. CREATE CHANGE

Act

Step into our power with kid-friendly acts of service.

STEP 1: 5 MINUTES

Spark Curiosity: Pick One Story

Which stories and videos make you interested in learning more about this issue?

Which would you recommend to other kids? Add your own suggestions in the comments below.

Babies + Toddlers

Hey, Baby!

Ages 2-6

Fry Bread

CHOSEN BY KYRIARCHY-SMASHING KIDS

Kids Stories Centering Black Futures

STEPS 2 & 3: ASK QUESTIONS & REFLECT

Different Identities, Different Work

In collaboration with Revolutionary Humans' 5 Senses of Social Consciousness, acknowledge & affirm your role in creating Black Futures - and take action to create that future.

Who
am I?

What do I like about myself?

What makes me unique?

How do I want to change as I grow up?

Which communities
do I belong to?

What do I like about my community?

What makes me feel connected to others?

What makes me feel left out or mistreated?

Who
has power?

What help do I give to my community?

Who has the most power in my community?

What would I like those with power to do differently?

What changes does our community need?

Which rules harm people with less power?

Which rules give people with power even more?

What can I do to change our community?

What does my community rely on me for?

How can I use this power to demand change?

RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

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Published: Last Updated on

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STEP 4: ASSESS YOUR CAPACITY

Step Into Your Power: Take Action

Learning and talking is great - but nothing will change until we take action. Whether it's time, money, or influence - we all have something we can share to change the world.

This is who we are. This is the power we hold. This is how we show up.

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Support Black Families in the Present

Bellamy Shoffner's Revolutionary Humans advances social equity & Black futures through art, allyship, and action for families learning about social justice.

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Bellamy is a Black, queer, single parent with chronic illness defined by more far more than her targeted identities. Follow & support her work as she navigates creating resources for other parents seeking justice and a shared vision of joyful futures.

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Share this toolkit with 5 friends who would appreciate your help tackling these topics as a family.

IT'S STILL OKAY TO LAUGH

Hard conversations with humor & joy

Every month the Luminary Braintrust tackles a new member challenge to make talking about social justice easier in real life.

DIG DEEPER

Bonus Resources

Share what worked for your family (and what didn't).

Add the resources you suggest in the comments below to help families like yours.

7-DAY CHALLENGE

Create A Family Manifesto

This series of kid-friendly actions takes than 20-minutes per day.

via the Family Summer 4 Black Lives Coalition

COLORING PAGES

Black Youth Matter

Downloadable coloring pages in honor of Michael Brown and the many Black children who have been killed through police violence.

via Reflection Press

ACTIVITY

Create An Ancestor Museum

Read Milo's Museum and create a mini-museum for your ancestors that acknowledges the past while creating hope for the future.

Via Zetta Elliott

ORGANIZE

Chalk The Walk

Whether it's just you & your family, or an entire city - use this 2-week action plan to help your kids organize & activate a community event celebrating Black Lives.

via the Family Summer 4 Black Lives Coalition

ART CLASS

Joyful Fridays

Watch class recordings & create art celebrating exploring art & culture with art educator Ariel Moon.

Via Ariel Moon & the National Museum of African American History & Culture

Stay Curious, Stand Brave & Smash The Kyriarchy

Bellamy S. created Revolutionary Humans to help you connect your inner-artist and outer-changemaker.

Bellamy Shoffner (she/they) is a personal essayist specializing in true stories that confront and expand upon the complexity of human emotions.

Bellamy is a Black, queer, single parent with chronic illness – all of which make Bellamy an emphatic truth-teller about society’s failures and tools of oppression.

When not writing or creating, Bellamy can be found seeking both literal and figurative sunshine while making a dollar out of 15 cents.

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RAISING LUMINARIES

Hi, I’m Ashia, founder & Head Custodian of Infodumpery for Raising Luminaries.

I create free tool kits to help overworked caregivers ignite the next generation of leaders.

ABOUT | MISSION | FINANCIALS | ACCOUNTABILITY

Published: Last Updated on

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