It’s been my pleasure to work for Kids & Race for the last two years, first as a grant writer, then as the Kids and Race Blog’s Contributing Editor. During my time with the organization, I worked with many talented writers and helped bring their stories and essays to completion. I had the opportunity to read and listen widely and to develop a more nuanced view of the history of race relations in America, how children develop racial identity, and how we can work together as individuals, families, and communities to create a more just and equal society.
I will forever be grateful to K&R’s executive director, Jasen Frelot, for taking me on and for teaching me so much. I will treasure this experience always and continue to believe in the good work that he is doing.
While this work is supremely worthwhile, I’ve decided it’s time for someone else to take it up. I would like to use my limited writing time moving forward to focus on fiction and memoir, but I will take the lessons learned at Kids & Race with me always: primarily the use of narrative as a means of inspiring empathy in people who are different from us, and the importance of accurate representation of marginalized peoples.