“As a 65-year-old foot soldier in the struggle for racial justice and educational equity, I decided to take 65 of my favorite children's books to the Black History Event entitled ‘We are History’ at Alvarado Elementary School,” explained educator Enid Lee. The event was hosted by the African American Parent Forum with a focus on literacy. The books highlight the Black experience in the United States, Canada, Africa, and the Caribbean.
“It was a most joyful experience to see the readers enjoying the books,” noted Lee. “I will be inviting some of these young readers to weigh in with their thoughts in the #StepUpScholastic campaign. They desire to see themselves reflected in literature.” Lee found many of the books in her collection from the Teaching for Change recommended booklists.
Enid Lee works with schools districts and individual schools to continuously restructure themselves for equitable outcomes for all students. Lee is co-editor of Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guides to K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education and Staff Development.