Start Your Own Conversation - Jason Reynolds + Brendan Kiely Visit the Bay

#AllAmericanBoys | Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely
March 6th, 2017

We had the pleasure of attending a facilitated conversation with Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely, an experience every white person should attend.

That's right, every white person. Check your privilege.  

This is the space where we would normally give you the play-by-play of what took place at the event and show you all the pretty photos. But that is not this post. Instead, we'll leave you with a recording of a similar conversation and share resources on what we all should know, but don't. We will tell you there was a very inspiring young man in the front row who was genuinely interested in starting a conversation with his peer group. He was FIRED UP. We hope he does.

A New York Times bestseller: “This terrific new book . . . [explores] the ‘notion of whiteness,’ an idea as dangerous as it is seductive.”―Boston Globe

Telling perhaps the most important forgotten story in American history, eminent historian Nell Irvin Painter guides us through more than two thousand years of Western civilization, illuminating not only the invention of race but also the frequent praise of “whiteness” for economic, scientific, and political ends. A story filled with towering historical figures, The History of White People closes a huge gap in literature that has long focused on the non-white and forcefully reminds us that the concept of “race” is an all-too-human invention whose meaning, importance, and reality have changed as it has been driven by a long and rich history of events. 70 black-and-white illustrations

The Lottery

Read it here

The story describes a fictional small town which observes—as do many other communities, both large and small, throughout contemporary America—an annual ritual known as "the lottery".

You can also have it read to you.


The film explores the "intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States;" it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery (unless as punishment for a crime).

Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story

You know who understood the youth? The Fellowship of Reconciliation. They shared information through a COMIC. 
Read it here

Martin Luther King and The Montgomery Story was published in 1957 by the Fellowship of Reconciliation, an organization dedicated to resolving human conflict. The 14-page comic introduced young civil rights activists around the world to the concept of nonviolent protest by explaining the tactics involved in the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott, ignited when Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat to a white person. (read more)

Other Resources

  • Teaching kids about race, racism, and policy violence
  • Fighting Police Abuse: A Community Action Manual


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