Your Legacy

I think we, as educators, need to come together and discuss how we frame enslavement in elementary school. If our textbook curricula mention enslavement, they often only cover the Triangular Slave Trade, emphasizing that other cultures also had slaves. This is true, but in our country, we racialized people to justify enslavement. This is important for students to understand; how racism is deeply rooted in our society- economically, philosophically, and spiritually. This beautiful picture book is a great starting point, initiating discussions with historical truths about the resilience, intellect, perseverance, and compassion of African people. It’s the book we all wish had been read to us as children to introduce our nation's painful history.

Social Justice Activities:

Relevant Social Justice Standards:

Justice 13. Students will analyze the harmful impact of bias and injustice on the world, historically and today.

Justice 14. Students will recognize that power and privilege influence relationships on interpersonal, intergroup and institutional levels and consider how they have been affected by those dynamics.

Justice 15. Students will identify figures, groups, events and a variety of strategies and philosophies relevant to the history of social justice around the world.

Reading Strategies:

Author's Craft: Evaluate why the author chose to write this book. Why is this book needed? 

Main Ideas: Analyze the main ideas on each page. Ask students what they already know about those ideas and evaluate why it is that they likely do not know much. Choose concepts to research and co-create knowledge.

Book Details:
  • Non-Fiction, All Ages
  • Perspectives: People of African Descent
  • Author's stated heritage: African American
  • Subject Integration: History, Geography, Social Emotional Learning

Book covers images are from publishers and in the public domain