"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." Martin Luther King Jr.
As people of color, and especially women, we have come a long way since that speech. We are proud to see the first brown woman Vice President in American History. The likes of Jane Bolin, the first African American female judge, Wangari Mathai who gave her life for the environment, and Amelia Boynton Robinson, who was renowned for her work in civil rights advocacy, would be proud to see this progress, and yet disappointed that so many years later, we still have to march "black lives matter."
Why & How Should We Teach our Kids about Black and Brown Excellence?
We started Kaba Baby to honor black and brown achievement and to acknowledge how far we've come. But, most importantly, to cultivate a community in which we educate our children about the black innovators, writers, artists, civil rights activists, and trailblazers who paved the way for us to break down barriers, express ourselves freely to create a more open and accepting society. By doing so, we hope to raise a generation that is aware of how precious and magnificent they are despite their gender or color.
Explore the history
In a land where freedom of expression is regarded as the highest addition to our freedom, we can use art, music, and the environment to teach our kids about black and brown excellence. If we choose to inspire and better yet empower a generation raised with the knowledge of our rich history, we need to start by lighting the spark in our children to help them understand and be proud of where they come from.
Use Positive Affirmations
The world has its own way of viewing and treating black and brown children. You can only do so much as a parent to shield your child from how others perceive and treat them. It is important to note that you have the power to instill confidence in your child & help them develop a positive self-image. Start using affirmations as early as you can, it is much easier to build positive self-esteem and an optimistic worldview than it is to rebuild negative self-esteem and a pessimistic outlook.
Note to All
Black and brown excellence is not just a catchphrase; It is a mindset and a decision to live with purpose to excel in everything we put our minds to. It is also a lifestyle of carrying oneself with dignity and not allowing negativity to affect how we behave. By telling the stories of those who broke barriers, who set records, broke records and excelled in their chosen paths in spite of adversity, we can raise a generation of young royals who know exactly who they are and what they can become.