Wednesday March 28, 2018

Wednesday March 28, 2018

  • 1. Dear Linda, let's see how far we've come

  • On Sunday, the woman who once inspired the landmark legislation, Brown V. Board of Education, died at age 76. But when she was in the middle of the controversial legislation, Linda Brown was just a little girl - which is basically every third-grader's dream.

  • In the early 1950s, Linda Brown asked her dad why the neighbor kids got to go to the elementary school a few blocks away, but she had to be bussed across town to a different school. Being the good dad he was, Oliver Brown said he'd try his very best to change that (spoiler alert: he did.) And it was when Linda's dad walked hand-in-hand with her to Sumner School and was denied being able to enroll Linda in classes that it all began. That's how an elementary school child became involved in a Supreme Court case that would eventually allow all children - no matter their color - the opportunity to go to school together.

  • This week in her passing we pay respect to the woman and her daddy who made it all possible. (Linda, by the way, was in Jr. High when the ruling finally finished, and never attended Sumner. But her two children both attended racially diverse schools.)

  • Something to chew on when tucking in your reluctant tween...

  • Do you know what's crazy to a 10-year-old? That there was once a time that they couldn't go to school with people of other races. What once was acceptable in our culture seems ridiculous now. Racism is unfortunately still alive and well in America, but we've come a long way in the past 60 years. Help give your children a glimpse of what things used to be like by reading them The Story of Ruby Bridges - the first African American to attend first grade in an all white school. Pick it up at your local library or buy it here.*

  • 2. Daily Data

  • via Pew Research

  • 3. What's Trending

  • #WhoBitBeyonce

  • Here's something new to crunch on: Beyoncé's face. According to actress Tiffany Haddish, Beyoncé was bit on the face by an unnamed actress at a party she hosted with husband Jay-Z. So far, Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Haddish are all keeping quiet about the identity of the perpetrator. But the people want answers.

  • *Famifi sometimes includes affiliate link products we think your family will love. Just so you know, if you decide to buy this we may get a part of the sale (with no extra cost to you, of course.)

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