Written by and illustrated by Jelani Memory
In the books Something Happened in Our Town and A Kid’s Book About Racism, we read about racism and how we might see it in our lives. In this activity, we are going to make masks that represent ourselves and the things that we love about ourselves. At the end of this activity, we will talk more about racism, how we can work towards being anti-racist, and reflect on what we’ve learned.
Duration: 45 minutes (for staff: 5-minute pre-activity setup, 15-minute prep)
Do this part of the exercise with students in grades 2-5 only; PK – 1 students to observe and discuss, if possible, but should watch rather than participate. Before beginning this exercise, explain to the students that we are going to “role-play” or act and that you are impressed with how hard they worked on their masks and love all of them in their own unique way.