Talking with Kids about Race and Racism

Library resources to help adults talk with young people about race and racism. Includes a link to the complete audio recording of a panel discussion on the topic.

Right now, stories of racialized violence, images of protestors demanding justice, and discussions about the movement for Black Lives are dominating the media – and people nationwide are struggling to find age-appropriate ways they can talk with youth about current events, race, and racism.

If you’re looking for support with these difficult conversations, come to the library! Oakland Public Library has books, DVDs, and an up-to-date, downloadable #BlackLivesMatter resource series to help spark discussion with kids of all ages.

We also have this powerful audio recording available to stream, from a recent panel discussion that features local parents, caregivers, and educators sharing their thoughts, experiences, and best practices relating to how adults can effectively talk about race and racism with children. 

Panel discussion 1, photo by Rivkah Beth Medow

This conversation, which took place May 10th at the West Oakland library, was co-sponsored by the Youth and Families committee of Showing Up for Racial Justice Bay Area.

Panel discussion 2, photo by Rivkah Beth Medow

Lindsay Imai Hong facilitated the panel, which included Shayna Cureton from Abundant Beginnings, Marilyn Hollinquest from the Radical Monarchs, artist and activist Ariel Luckey, and Malaika Parker from PACT, an Adoption Alliance.

Please share this blog post and the audio recording out to your social networks! And contact Miriam Medow at if you have any questions about the May 10th event.

Do you have suggestions of how the library can better support equity and justice in our community? Let us know in the comments!

Photos © Rivkah Beth Medow, used here with permission.