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Working to Extend Anti-Racist Education

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Ronda Taylor Bullock is originally from Goldston, NC. In 2018, she earned her doctorate at UNC Chapel Hill in the Policy, Leadership, and School Improvement Program. Her research interests are critical race theory, whiteness studies, white children’s racial identity construction, and anti-racism. Prior to starting we are, Dr. Taylor Bullock taught English for almost ten years at Hillside High School in Durham, NC, where she now resides. She is the wife of Dr. Daniel Kelvin Bullock and mother of son Zion and daughter Zaire.

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It was the Spring of 2015 when I started thinking about creating an organization to disrupt system racism. At that point, the Black Lives Matter movement was well underway nationally as a response to state sanctioned violence against Black bodies. Personally, I was wrestling with my own feelings of being a mother to two beautiful Black children and how the world would treat them. Stories of racism from my own childhood, the earliest being at five-years-old, coupled with the racial turmoil of our country, prompted me to think about how I could contribute to creating a better, racially equitable world not only for my children, but all children. Out of this reflection, the idea for we are was born. From there, I connected with my husband, Dr. Daniel Kelvin Bullock, our co-founder, and several other committed community activists to bring we are to fruition.

Ronda Taylor Bullock

WE ARE, which stands for working to extend anti-racist education, is a non-profit organization that provides anti-racism training for children, families, and educators. We use a three-pronged approach to dismantle systemic racism in education and beyond by offering summer camps for children in rising first through fifth grades, professional development for educators, and workshops for parents and families. we are re-imagines educational systems so that all children, particularly Black and Brown, can exist in spaces that affirm their identity and dignity, promote their educational advancement, and support their social and emotional well-being.

We are committed to centering stories, voices, and experiences of marginalized communities, and we support efforts that decenter whiteness. We are committed to developing healthy racial identities in children and adults, yielding healthier communities. One of the ways we work with children is through our anti-racism summer camps. We host a week-long camp for kids in first and second grades, and another for kids in third through fifth grades. We use a literacy-based approach to help children think about race, racism, skin color, and activism in concrete ways. Whatever book we team from, we give a copy of it to the kids so that by the end of the week, they have a home library of five books that help them to further these anti-racist conversations.

We have three main goals for the camps: to foster healthy racial identities in children, to build a historical understanding of race and racism, and to equip families with tools and resources to extend anti-racist practices in the home. Since 2016, we have grown from one camp to four: two camps in Durham and two in Greensboro. We are looking forward to partnering with more communities both locally and nationally to increase the impact of our anti-racism efforts with children.

All of our programs are key to helping us create a socially just, anti-racist world. And it is our camps—working with young, eager-to-learn children—that give me the most hope.

As a small, grass-roots organization, we thrive on community support. People can assist our efforts through making donations, becoming a monthly sustainer, volunteering, participating in our programming, and sharing information about our organization.