"Team Light Skin!" and "Black is Better" are the type of comments that we hear daily in our community. My class has chosen to tackle the subject of colorism for our service-learning project this year.
The majority of the students are African American, but we have a large population of bilingual students this year, making our school a much more diverse place.
Our school is located in a an urban environment and many of the students come from single-parent homes. They are motivated and have a genuine interested in learning.
We would like to read the novel, The Skin I'm In, by Sharon Flake, because it directly relates to the topics of racism and more specifically colorism. We will be having class discussion about the novel's plot, theme, and characters. We will also request to Skype with the author after we finish reading the text to have a virtual author visit!
The subject of colorism is not widely discussed in our community.
I would like to read this book to begin that very important conversation. This book will serve as a starting point for our year long service-learning project. With the help of our partner, Need in Deed, we will be raising awareness at our school about the issue of colorism.
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