As an organization, Brooklyn Children’s Museum wants to unequivocally state the following: Black Lives Matter. 70% of the families we serve identify as other than white. More than half of BCM’s staff identifies as Black or Hispanic. We stand with and behind our visitors, employees and community, who are experiencing deep hurt and stress as more Black lives are taken senselessly.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum makes the following commitments to our community:
- In all that we do, we will acknowledge and recognize that BCM exists in a historically Black neighborhood and that we owe a debt of gratitude to our community, mostly people of color, who have nurtured and sustained our institution for 120 years.
- Understanding our role as a community anchor, BCM will work to open its doors to families as soon as it is safe. Stay tuned for more information about programming and performances on BCM’s roof as soon as the PAUSE is lifted.
- We will continue to create experiences that ignite curiosity, celebrate identity and cultivate joyful learning. We will do this in an explicitly anti-racist way, in partnership and solidarity with our community.
Below you will find a growing list of resources that you can use in your own discussions of race with your children, your family, and within your circles. These resources are selected by BCM staff and will be updated frequently. If you have your own resources that you want to share with us, we would love to hear from you. Reach out via our Contact Us form.
A highly accessible guide produced by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture that breaks down some of the fundamental concepts and terms needed when talking about race.
A curated selection of multicultural and social justice books for children, young adults, and educators. Over 60 booklists to explore, categorized by a wide-ranging set of themes.
A discussion about the conversations taking place between parents and children about policing, violence, race, safety, and justice, between the founders of EmbraceRace and Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith, clinical child psychologist.