Fifty-three years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. gazed out over a crowd of 250,000 civil rights supporters and delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. His powerful words have echoed across time and space to become one of the most famous speeches in modern times. Its message was simple; King wanted to live in a country that would reject stereotypes and racism, and instead embrace the universal rights of freedom and equality.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
King’s wish is one that every parent should desire for their child. No one wants to live in a world where they are judged harshly or falsely assumed to be lesser than others simply because of the way they look.
Since his speech, our country has undergone dramatic changes in civil liberties, inching ever closer to a society that nurtures basic human decency and treats others fairly.
But change is never easy and is frequently met with strong opposition.
And thanks to the recent presidential election in the United States, our country has seen a surge in intolerance and bigotry. Schools across the nation have seen a sharp rise in bullying behavior as children echo the fear and ignorance they see on TV… or at home.
Multicultural Kid Blogs strives to support multicultural families raising global citizens and we work hard to educate families about the world in which we live. We embrace the beauty found in cultures and individuals, and our readers can find fascinating articles from our global community of members, who graciously share their experience and traditions with MKB readers each and every week. We believe that with knowledge comes understanding and appreciation that destroy fear and ignorance.
All this is why here at Multicultural Kid Blogs, we are happy to share a new, free, bilingual download that is available to parents and educators.
#RespectEachOther is a new tool that focuses on bullying and it isn’t just for children of color. It’s for all children. It not only deals with what to do if you are being bullied but also what to do if you SEE someone who is being bullied. And it gives advice to parents who have children that are being bullied.
The packet includes:
- posters to be placed as visual reminders
- an educator’s guide
- discussion questions & guide
- resources for parents
- phrases parents can use when talking to school officials about their child being bullied
- plans for students on how to deal with a bully
- writing prompts
- writing pages
- and a recommended reading list
It is currently available in both English and Spanish.
Here at MKB, we too have a dream: That one day, children everywhere will be treated with kindness and respect regardless of the color of their skin, the clothes that they wear, their physical disabilities, the language that they speak, or the manner in which they worship. We have a dream that one day each child will be appreciated for their unique abilities and their beautiful spirits.
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