On this week’s “You’ve Got This,” I talk with Elizabeth Behrens about how (and why) to have conversations about race with our children. Elizabeth is originally from Iowa, but now lives in Kansas City with her husband and four children. She has a job she loves as ambassador, educator and engagement coordinator for Be the Bridge, a non-profit organization founded by Latasha Morrison. Be the Bridge equips people to increase racial literacy and work toward racial reconciliation. Her work with Be the Bridge allows her to teach online classes, tell the stories of how people’s churches, schools and communities are changing through using the Be the Bridge curriculum, and interact with a group of more than 22,000 fellow racial bridge builders in the organization’s Facebook group. She also volunteers as a CASA (court appointed special advocate) for children in foster care. When she isn’t busy with work and volunteering, she can be found being rejuvenated by reading, gardening, or if she’s lucky, traveling.
“We know study after study shows us that having meaningful, open conversations about race is what leads to children who are most able to navigate a multiracial world without the prejudice or bias,” Elizabeth said. “Each human is made in the image of God and God is so big and so amazing that you couldn’t just have one picture of him with one kind of person.”
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