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I would love some advice on how to address my daughter’s preschool’s plans for an MLK Jr. Day celebration.

This is a new preschool for us, so I don’t have a connection with any of the staff yet. My daughter’s first day was this week, and when I signed her in I saw a sign-up sheet for parents to bring in food for the class’ MLK Jr. day celebration this Friday.

The list read like the menu at a soul food restaurant, and while I love soul food, I can’t get over the idea that this is their MLK Jr. Day celebration. It’s a racially diverse school, so I’m really surprised an appalled that no one has said anything before me.

I won’t see the teacher again until Friday, and I’m seriously considering bringing my copy of, “Adventures in Courage: Soldiers in the Civil Rights War,” and talking to the kids about our trip to the American History Museum in D.C. where we saw the Greensboro Woolworth’s lunch counter and a broken window from the Savannah busing protests.  The kids are only 4-5, so I want to address it at their level, and I don’t want to start our relationship with the school by being antagonistic.

Any ideas?

Elena P.

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About Tami

Tami Winfrey Harris writes about race, feminism, politics and pop culture at the blog What Tami Said. Her work has also appeared online at The Guardian’s Comment is Free, Ms. Magazine blog, Newsweek,, Huffington Post and Racialicious. She is a graduate of the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism. She is mom to two awesome stepkids and spends her spare time researching her family history and cultivating a righteous 'fro.
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