On June 16-17, leaders and volunteers connected with Southeast Raleigh Table, Raleigh Mennonite, and St. Ambrose Episcopal are teaming up to offer a Friday evening/Saturday “Peace Camp” focused on anti-racism for elementary-aged children. Modeled after we-are’s proven curriculum for their summertime camps, Peace Camp’s vision is “to build a healthier and more racially just tomorrow, one young activist at a time.”
Peace Camp seeks to do this by:
- Fostering healthy racial identity in children
- Building a historical understanding of race and racism
- Equipping families with tools and resources which extend anti-racist practices in home and community
- Establishing a shared anti-racist vocabulary
Working with trained anti-racism educators, children completing grades K-5 will explore concepts such as race, racism, its impact on communities, and how to actively resist racism in our communities. We hope that this is just one stop in our kids’ and congregations’ anti-racism journey.
Schedule (subject to change)
Friday evening, June 16:
5:30 pm: Arrival and potluck meal at Southeast Raleigh Table (301 S Swain St. Raleigh, 27601)
Chicken will be provided. Each family is invited to bring a ready-to-serve, hot or cold side dish or dessert to share with the group. It can be a dish representative of your family’s culture and/or a family favorite. Bring enough for your family +2 people. Please contact Anne Cooper with questions about food. [email protected]
6:30 pm: Whole group music with Chrystal
6:45 pm: Kids meet with Counselors
Establish group norms, name games, talk about significance of names + do a name-based craft.
Adults will have the opportunity to participate in a facilitated conversation about how to talk with their children about race.
Childcare for preschoolers provided from 6:45 pm-7:45 pm
7:45 pm: Sending music
Saturday during day:
8:30 am: Gathering
9:00 am: Whole group music
9:15 am: What is race?
10:30 am: What is racism?
11:45 am: Pizza lunch
12:30 pm: What are systems? How do we change them?
1:45 pm: Whole group music + sending
For anyone who is interested, several of us will be walking over to end the day at the opening weekend celebrations of Liberation Station, North Carolina’s first Black-owned children’s bookstore!
Meet the Peace Camp leaders and facilitators:
Tamara Hinton: Person County School Counselor
Brenda North Martin
Music and Movement:
Just finished 4-5:
Please contact Rachel at [email protected] with any questions.
Funding for this Peace Camp provided in part by grants from Mennonite Church USA’s Justice Fund and as part of the Balm in Gilead – a year of anti-racism learning through the Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc