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Kimberly Martin, Ph.D., Diversity Equity & Inclusion Coordinator At Royal Oak Schools Presents, Dr. Kim's Corner.

Here she will promote understanding and share dialogue and events centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion in and around our district.

Starting September 15, 2022, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage month, which lasts until October 15, 2002. 

Hispanic Heritage Month

Unlike other cultural heritage months which usually run the course of a full month, Hispanic heritage month starts in the middle of the month on the 15th because this is a day that marks the independence of several Latin American countries.  Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all celebrate their independence from Spain on September 15. Additionally, Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16 and Chile on September 18.

California Congressman George E. Brown was the first to propose the idea to Congress in 1968. In September 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the observance of Hispanic Heritage Week, which was consequently lengthened to a month by President Ronald Reagan in August 1988.

In September 1989, President George H.W. Bush was the first president to declare that Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 would be Hispanic Heritage Month, saying "Nurtured by their rich ethnic heritage and inspired by their faith in the principles upon which this country was founded, Hispanic Americans have continued to make their mark across the country and in virtually every aspect of American life."

This year, the theme for Hispanic Heritage Month is "Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation." The theme "encourages us to ensure that all voices are represented and welcomed to help build stronger communities and a stronger nation.”

Please click on the link below to read stories about notable Latino Americans, as well as find out about events happening around our area.

https://www.clickondetroit.com/topic/Hispanic_Heritage/

Greetings and welcome back to another school year Royal Oak Schools families and friends! I hope you had a (somewhat) relaxing summer.

I don’t know about you, but I am approaching this school year with renewed enthusiasm and hope. Reflecting on my first year in this amazing district, we accomplished a lot under some pretty trying times. Through COVID-19 and other challenges, we managed to make some great moves.

I was able to make great connections with the PTA and DEI councils, and the school-level DEI groups. Through these connections, I was able to collaborate with these groups for programming and other initiatives. We were able to start the Parent University program, and the new JEDI council, which will be instrumental in moving us forward as a district in the areas of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Over the summer we welcomed two new members to our team: Sharida Lewis, the new principal at ROHS, and Kristin Meldrum, the new principal at ROMS. Both of these ladies bring years of experience and expertise to the district. I look forward to working with them!

A new school year comes with new opportunities! Here are a few things that we can do at the start of this year to put us on a good path!

  • Let’s begin the year with a positive mindset. If you always assume good intent, you will have more opportunities for dialogue and understanding.
  • Welcome the new academic year with new energy and new hope. Learn and experience new things.
  • Don’t dwell on the past. Last year is a story that has ended. The coming year is a story that needs your time and attention; make it an interesting story ☺

This school year, let’s start something great together. May the new year be filled with achievements and happiness.

I’m wishing you all a FABULOUS school year!

Dr. Kim

MDE, Tribal Educators to Partner in Developing
Student Curriculum on Indigenous History

July 27, 2022 

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Education (MDE), in continued partnership with the education departments from the 12 federally recognized tribes in Michigan, will develop curriculum and teacher supports to help students learn about the history of Indigenous Peoples in Michigan. 

The state’s bipartisan state School Aid budget provides funds for MDE to collaborate with the Confederation of Michigan Tribal Education Departments (CMTED) “to design, implement, and evaluate professional learning and optional curriculum modules for the purpose of learning Michigan Indigenous tribal history including the history of Indian boarding schools in Michigan as described in Michigan’s social studies standards for grades 8 to 12.” 

“Developing these important learning materials for our educators to share with Michigan children will bring a greater understanding of the history, culture, and contributions of the tribal nations that shared this land with one another,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “We appreciate the opportunity to deepen our work with our tribal educational partners, whose leadership we value.”

MDE and the 12 federally recognized tribes that share geography with the State of Michigan have been working together for the past six years through CMTED and MDE’s Indigenous Education Initiative to build a cohesive and sustainable approach for collaboration among the tribes, the state, and local entities to identify and address educational issues and shared priorities. 

“The creation and development of authentic curriculum and teacher supports centered on Indigenous Peoples, and the Tribal Nations that share geography with Michigan will begin the shift of longstanding historical practices that have attempted to erase our histories and perpetuate the invisibility of our tribal communities in the public education system,” said Jordan Shananaquet, CMTED Eniigaangidoong (Chairperson). “CMTED will continue to fulfill our responsibility to our educational sovereignty through our ongoing partnership with MDE’s Indigenous Education Initiative and our shared commitment to maintaining an authentic and meaningful consultative relationship.” 

The funding and language included in the state School Aid budget for the development of Indigenous tribal history curriculum and teacher supports are the work of State Senator Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City, chair of the Senate K-12 School Aid Appropriations Subcommittee. “We appreciate the leadership of Sen. Schmidt to help make available these important resources for our students and staff,” said Dr. Rice. 

The $750,000 in funding will help to support Michigan’s K-12 Social Studies Standards, which were approved by the State Board of Education in 2019. CMTED and tribal communities were directly involved in the work to update the standards, which had last been updated in 2007. The 2019 updated standards included additional references to tribes and tribal governments in Michigan.

A related but separate piece of legislation, Senate Bill 962, also introduced by Senator Schmidt, intends to encourage districts to teach about Indian boarding schools, is still before the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee. MDE remains hopeful that this additional legislation will move forward during the current legislative session. 

“It’s been an honor to work with MDE and my colleagues to secure funding to ensure that this important history is not forgotten or repeated”, said State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “This issue was first brought to me by constituents who are members of the tribal community. Today, we have taken a step in the right direction, but there is much more education to do.” 

The collaboration with CMTED furthers MDE’s efforts to support and learn from Anishinaabek communities in Michigan. Supported by funding in the state School Aid Act, this partnership will help ensure that Michigan learners better understand the history of Indigenous Peoples in Michigan, including the use of Indian boarding schools. 

“Indian boarding schools caused the loss of so much of our values and culture,” said Jamie Stuck, Chairperson of Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP) and NHBP Education Committee Chair. “Michigan Tribes continue the work to help our people heal and repair the trauma caused by these institutions, as well as revitalize our Indigenous knowledge and educate our community. We are grateful for this opportunity to partner with MDE and look forward to sharing our history and culture with Michigan school systems to enrich all peoples.” 
 

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JULY

Hello Summer!

The City of Royal Oak’s second annual Juneteenth celebration was a success! Over 400 people came through between the hours of 4 and 8 pm to celebrate freedom with a family-friendly event at Centennial Commons on Sunday, June 19th. The first Juneteenth celebration in Royal Oak was hosted last year at the Royal Oak Middle School parking lot and hosted by community organizers LaKeesha Morrison and Summer March. This year’s event was four hours of family-friendly activities, including music, games, performances, face painting, food trucks, vendors, giveaways, and much more.

Juneteenth -- or Freedom Day -- dates back to June 19, 1865. It is the date when enslaved African Americans in Texas first learned that they were free. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on Jan. 1, 1863, it took more than two years for the news to spread to Texas.

Here's a link to a highlights video: https://youtube.com/shorts/lyMAbyY9TZg

Dr. Kim

 

JUNE

Hello June!

We made it! After a year full of twists and turns, we made it! June is the month we celebrate graduations and the beginning of summer. There are also two important celebrations we recognize in June.

First, June is National Pride Month. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Riots and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, and bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) Americans. In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which LGBT Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marks the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBT Americans.

Today, celebrations include PRIDE parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia, and concerts, and LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that LGBTQ individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. If you are looking for resources to talk with your kids about PRIDE, watch the video below.

 

We also celebrate another important historical event in June….Juneteenth. Recognized every year on June 19th, Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end of slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday.

This year, Royal Oak will be celebrating Juneteenth with a day of fun for the whole family! Join us for a celebration on June 19 downtown. Use this link for more information on this event: https://www.romi.gov/1570/Juneteenth

Juneteenth

Lastly, June 3 marks my first anniversary as DEI coordinator for Royal Oak! It has been a whirlwind of a year, but I have enjoyed every moment of it. It has been my honor to serve as the DEI coordinator for this district, and I look forward to many years to come.

Happy Summer Break!

Dr. Kim

 MAY

Happy May everyone! Hopefully, it won’t snow this month! 

May marks the start of Asian American/Pacific Islander month.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month) is an annual celebration that recognizes the historical and cultural contributions of individuals and groups of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to the United States. The AAPI umbrella term includes cultures from the entire Asian continent—including East, Southeast, and South Asia—and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. As of 2019, there were about 22.9 million people of Asian or Pacific Islander descent in the United States, according to the Pew Research Center.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed significantly to many facets of American culture and society, including science and medicine, literature and art, sports and recreation, government and politics, and activism and law. In 2021, Kamala Harris became the first Asian American Vice President of the United States. In film history, AAPI people, stories, and traditions have become more visible with South Korean director Bong Joon Ho’s "Parasite" winning the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2019 and the release of "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" in 2021, debuting Marvel’s first Asian superhero.

AAPI month is celebrated in May because it commemorates the immigration of the first Japanese people to the United States on May 7, 1843.

AAPI month originated with Congress in 1978. Then-president Jimmy Carter started a week-long celebration in the first week of May, and over the next decade, presidents passed annual proclamations sort of renewing the idea that we need to celebrate Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for this week-long period.

Today, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest-growing racial group in the United States. AAPI Heritage Month celebrates the unique journey of all AAPI immigrants and citizens in the United States and their unique life experiences, traditions, and cultures.

Follow this link for resources regarding AAPI month, including an extensive book list that features AAPI authors and characters.

Dr. Kim

APRIL

It’s April! Spring is springing. It’s a time of renewal, renewed hope, and expectations of things to come. Hopefully, Spring Break gave us all the refresher we needed.

This year, April brings with it many holy days. April 2 is the start of the Muslim holy day of Ramadan. For Muslims around the world, Ramadan is a holy time full of worship, study, prayer, and fasting. During Ramadan, Muslims aim to grow spiritually. One way they do this is through fasting from all food and drink from sun up to sundown (daylight). Because Ramadan is observed based on the lunar calendar, it is not celebrated at the same time every year. This year, Ramadan will begin at sundown on Saturday, April 2nd. The conclusion of Ramadan concludes with a major celebration known as Eid al-Fitr. It starts the day after Ramadan and lasts for three days. This time includes special prayers and meals with friends and family, and gifts are often exchanged.

Also being celebrated in April is the Jewish holiday of Passover. Passover begins at sundown on April 15. It is the celebration of freedom and remembrance that commemorates the exodus of the Jewish people from Egyptian slavery. On the first two nights of Passover, the participants hold what is called a Seder, or Passover meal after nightfall. This meal includes wine, telling stories, and eating special foods, including Matzah, a flat dry, cracker-like bread, and bitter herbs to represent the bitter taste of slavery. It is also a time of intense prayer and reflection.

April also brings with it the celebration of Easter and also marks the end of a period of 40 days of fasting for many Christians. It also marks the spring equinox and the beginning of longer days and warmer climates. Things that have lied dormant begin to spring to life, and the smell of summer is on the horizon.

April is a time of renewal. It brings us the hope of better things, and the chance to try again. It is my hope for all of us that we will seize this time to refresh ourselves and begin anew.

Ramadan Resources: Why is my student more tired than usual?

MARCH

Wow, can you believe it is March already?

March marks the beginning of Women’s History Month! Women’s History Month is a time set aside to honor and recognize the achievements of women in science, business, sports, social movements, and so much more. For centuries, American women were overlooked for their contributions in these fields. As a result, they were omitted from history. That’s why we celebrate Women’s History Month: so we have a more complete picture of our American history.

For this month, I will highlight not only a great woman but a Detroit native! Sarah Elizabeth Ray was an African American secretary who was denied a seat on the Boblo Boat SS Columbia. (For you younger folks, Google Boblo and learn about the gem that was this amusement park and island).

Much like Rosa Parks, Sarah Ray refused to back down. She took her fight for integration all the way to the United States Supreme Court. She was represented by famed NAACP lawyer and future supreme court justice Thurgood Marshall. She eventually won her case. Many scholars argue she paved the way for the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education, which found that spate was inherently unequal.

Follow this link to learn about just a few more fabulous women!

 

 February

If it’s February it must be…..Black History Month!

Many people joke about Black History Month (BHM) being in the shortest and coldest month of the year.  In fact, the story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by Black Americans and other peoples of African descent. It was this group that stated Black History Week. 

BHM began as Black History week in 1926.  The second week of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.  The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs, and host performances and lectures.

President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Today, Black History Month is a time to honor the contributions and legacy of African Americans across U.S. history and society—from activists and civil rights pioneers, to leaders in industry, politics, science, culture and more. We continue that tradition as a country today.

It is important now more than ever to recognize the impact and contribution that African Americans have had in the forming of our nation.  As a part of American history, more important, because African American history is under attack, even in danger of not being told at all, if some would have their way.  

America is one of the greatest nations in the world.  Like most great nations, however, it has unpleasant parts.  It doesn’t make us any less great.  But those that ignore history are doomed to repeat it.  We must look at our country, warts and all, to make it better and make the dreams Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of a reality.

This year’s Black History Month theme is “Black Health and Wellness.” This theme explores "the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birth workers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.   Use this link I have provided to explore this theme and more.  Amandla! 

In power, 

Dr. Kim

 January

Welcome MLK Day 2022!

Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most influential figures of the American civil rights movement.  His stirring speeches touched on everything from social and racial justice to nonviolence, poverty, the Vietnam War, and dismantling white supremacy. And while many have been inspired by his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, King tackled a wide range of themes and causes and inspired others to demand change.  In one such speech was his “Letter From A Birmingham Jail.”  In it, he called out his jailers for labeling the peaceful protests “unwise and untimely.” He condemned them for deploring the demonstrations but not the conditions that inspired them.

Unfortunately, we still face many of the same conditions King protested against unequal wealth distribution, access to decent housing and healthcare, and believe it or not, voting rights. King famously once said that “...anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider.”  This sentiment is crucial in such a time as this, where, as a country, we have vilified each other.  We have treated one another as outsiders.  Vilified immigrants.  Certain groups have claimed America as theirs and theirs alone.  Anyone else can leave if they don’t like it.  As a result, we as a country currently find ourselves at sort of an impasse with each other.  Claiming territory.  Building fences.  Vilifying those with different beliefs.  The list goes on.  But Dr. King realized we are all interconnected.

Now more than ever, we are better together.  We must continue to fight and to fight for causes that are not necessarily our own.  For women’s rights.  For LGBTQ rights.  For the rights of those with disabilities. For the rights of anyone that is marginalized.

As Dr. King said, almost 60 years ago, in his "I Have A Dream" speech

“But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and security of justice. We have also come to his hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now.  Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy. Now it is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now it is the time to lift our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality to all of God’s children.”

Let us now, then, keep up the good fight.

Have a great MLK Day!

Dr. Kim


Happy New Year!

This phrase is one that brings with it a ton of expectations, resolutions, and hope. It is during this time that we promise to do better, look forward to actually doing better, and resolve to stick to it.

In my last message of 2021, I talked about giving ourselves grace for just showing up, and being proud of the things we have accomplished, instead of dwelling on those things we didn’t. I’m going to extend that message here a bit to add: Be gentle on yourself in 2022.

Extend yourself grace for the things you worry about: being a good parent, a good employee, a good friend, etc. For the past two years we have been living in extraordinary times that have been filled with uncertainty, and (at times) chaos. We have dealt with school being open, then having to close, then reopening. We dealt with one wave of COVID-19 only to have to battle more highly transmittable variant(s). We have dealt with shutdowns and reopenings. And we got through it. And we’ll get through this next wave, together. But you must go easy on yourself.

Taking care of our mental health is crucial during times of extraordinary stress. You can’t be a good parent if you are rundown. It’s like the oxygen mask speech given on airplanes….put your own mask on first! Then you can help others. When you are doing well mentally, you are also more likely to be more aware of your child’s emotional state and how to help them. You can start with small things: Meditations and mindfulness practices, for example, even 5-20 minutes before bed to re-center yourself can help. We also have a TON of resources available for help in this area. They can be found on our website, but here is the link: https://www.royaloakschools.org/downloads/community/emotional_and_mental_health_resources.pdf

The new year is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives, and we get to write it! Just because the last chapter might have been difficult doesn’t mean this one has to be. YOU get to decide.

Be well.

Dr. Kim

December:

Greetings Royal Oak!

As the holidays come upon us, if you are like me, you face them with mixed emotions. Excited about the joy of the season, but wondering how many family members are safe to have over for a gathering. Ready to eat some good food, but missing that one family member that isn’t here anymore. And, if you are like me, you are tired. Not depressed, not sad, not down, just tired. Tired of having to juggle so many things at once….kids, COVID-19, jobs, finances, COVID-19, injustice, and more COVID-19. (Whether we think so or not, this thing isn’t over with yet).

The dictionary defines tired in several ways: 1. exhausted, as by exertion; 2. weary or bored; 3. impatient and disgusted. I believe we are facing or have faced all of these elements the past two years. The human body was not designed to exist in crisis mode. Usually, there is a crisis, then it passes, and our body retunes to normal response mode. We have been living in crisis since March 2019. We’re tired.

But you know what, everything we have faced so far in the past two years, we have survived. We may be a hot mess running, but we’re here. We may not be where we want to be, but we’re trying. We’ve been through heartbreaks, heartaches, and setbacks. We have sat in the emotions of pain, loss, and, grief, if for nothing else, our former way of life.

But, it was then that we leaned into our faith practices, our strength, and our steadfastness to not give up. It was then that we learned who we are and we are better for it.

We don’t give ourselves enough credit for just surviving when so many others have not. We don’t give ourselves enough love and grace to be gentle with ourselves and be proud of the things we have done, instead of being upset about the things that didn’t get done.

As the holidays approach, we can still be grateful. We can give thanks for still being here-Period. We can look at those around us, either in person or virtually, and be glad they are still in our lives. We can hug a little tighter, take more pictures, have more laughs, Life is short.

I have been blessed to serve as your DEI coordinator for the past 6 months. I am grateful to have been given this job, back in the state I love. And it is with much gratitude that I look forward to serving you moving forward. In the meantime, be easy on yourself. We need you here.

Thank you for all you do to make Royal Oak great.

Happy Holidays,

Dr. Kim

November:

November is National American Indian Heritage Month  

On October 31, 2019, President Trump issued a proclamation designating November 2019 as National Native American Heritage Month.  Congress chose the month of November to celebrate Native American culture because November concluded the traditional harvest season and was generally a time of thanksgiving and celebration for Native Americans.

For those wanting to participate, here are a few ways to honor Native Americans this month – and every month.

Visit a reservation or museum

The U.S. holds in trust 56.2 million acres of land for various Indian tribes and individuals, according to the U.S. Department of Indian Affairs, and there are approximately 326 reservations. These reservations are not tourist attractions. Many are the remnants of native tribes’ lands, while others were created by the federal government for Native Americans who were forcibly removed from their lands. They are homes for tribes and communities; it’s where many live, work and raise their families. However, some reservations welcome visitors and have even erected museums to educate the wider public about their history and culture. For example, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, North Carolina, features an engaging exhibit fit for all ages. The Cherokee community also hosts cultural events and sells items nearby.

Attend or host an educational event

The Library of Congress and National Archives are two of many national institutions hosting events about Native American history and culture this month. Local institutions and organizations – including libraries, schools, and cultural groups – will also host events, ranging from webinars to dance performances and even puppet shows. If there are no events happening near you, consider hosting one. You don’t have to be a Native American to appreciate and share their history and culture with your community.

“Decolonize” your Thanksgiving dinner

The Thanksgiving story of Pilgrims and Native Americans sharing a friendly meal will be reenacted and celebrated across the country on November 28. But many Native Americans actually consider it a “Day of Mourning,” pointing out the story overlooks how the introduction of European settlers spelled tragedy for indigenous communities. For this reason, some Native American groups and their allies are calling on Americans to “decolonize” their Thanksgiving celebrations.

Some ways of doing this include putting away Native American decorations and tropes, introducing native dishes to the dinner table, and engaging in conversations about Native American history with dinner guests. 

Support Native-American-owned businesses and charities

'Black Friday' is just one day after Thanksgiving, instead of spending all your money at big box stores, consider spending some at Native-American-owned businesses, or even donating to charities. It’s a great way to support native communities’ economic well-being, as well as contribute to worthwhile social causes. There’s a long list of environmental, economic, education, health, and rights groups that work to strengthen and empower native communities.  Consider making a donation this National Native American Heritage Month.

For more information on National Native American Heritage Month, please visit: https://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/.

Day of the Dead

Another celebration this time of year is Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) which is November 1st. 

This holiday is typically celebrated by persons of Latinx heritage, involves family and friends gathering to pay respects and to remember friends and family members who have died. These celebrations can take a humorous tone, as celebrants remember funny events and anecdotes about the departed. 

For more info on Dia de los Muertos, visit here:  https://www.history.com/topics/halloween/day-of-the-dead.

 OCTOBER: 

Think About Your Costume Choice Before You Commit To It

costumes

Halloween is upon us again, and as such it’s time to consider our costume choices and know that some may be deemed as an offensive Halloween costume.

Here are some questions to ask before dressing your kids (or yourself) this Halloween:

  • Does the costume make a reference to a culture that is not my own? (a headdress,  turban, or kimono).
  • Does the costume include religious or spiritual symbols?
  • Does the costume require you or your child to change the color of their skin to resemble someone? (You can dress as Beyoncé for example without coloring your skin).
  • Does the costume represent a stereotype or generalization about a group of people (Indigenous people (Indians))?

Is the costume based on tragic historical events or violent acts that actually took place?

If you answered yes to any of these questions,  you might want to consider another costume.  Instead, consider fictional or imaginary characters like Cinderella, Superheroes, even the Golden Girls.  Use your imagination!

And have a happy Halloween!

Dr. Kimberly Martin

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' DAY

Kimberly Martin, PhD, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Coordinator at Royal Oak Schools wants to share with you this month the meaning of Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Indigenous Peoples' Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors Native American Peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. It began in 1992 in Berkley, California, as a way to honor Indigenous people, as well as recognize their contributions to American history. It is celebrated the same day as Columbus Day to bring attention to the controversial history of Columbus himself. Currently, about 37 states celebrate and recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day. 

To find out more about it, click here.  And, celebrate Indigenous Peoples' day Monday, October 11th!

Indigenous-Day

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Learning for Justice is a website considered to be a great resource for families, teachers, everyone when it comes to all things diversity-related. 

You can check it out here.