Our Goal is to help raise prejudice-free children.
Here are 10 easy steps:
1. Create an environment at home that contrasts with biased messages of society.
Provide items that reflect diverse ethnic and cultural images.
2. Show that you value diversity in the friends you choose, and in the people you
choose for services (e.g., dentist, mechanic, teacher). What you do is more
important than what you say.
3. Make it a rule that a person's identity is never an acceptable reason for teasing or
rejecting. Support the child who has been hurt.
4. Initiate activities and discussions to build positive self-esteem. People with
positive self-esteem are less likely to show prejudice towards others.
5. Talk positively about the physical characteristics and cultural heritage of other
ethnic group. Include people who have stood up against bias and injustice.
6. Help the children learn the differences between feelings of superiority and feelings
of self-esteem and pride in their heritage.
7. Provide opportunities for children to interact with other children who are
ethnically/culturally different from themselves and with people who have various
disabilities. Visit museums and cultural events that reflect diverse heritage.
8. Educate yourself about common stereotypes in our society so that you can
evaluate your selection of children's materials and experiences. Teach the
children to recognize stereotypes and caricatures of different groups.
9. Respectfully answer children’s questions about themselves and people who
appear to be physically different.
10. Teach children to stand up for themselves when they are ridiculed because of
perceived differences. Be sensitive to children’s feelings about themselves and
immediately respond when they show any sign of being affected by biases.
• From “Teaching Your Children to Resist Bias”
by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
On MONDAY January 16, 2017, at 6:30 PM, our communities in North Texas will celebrate our 24th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Committee has chosen the theme of “Dreaming in Color- Living the Dream” for this year. This civic event is always planned as a non-political inter-Faith event to celebrate the ideals of Dr. King such as elimination of prejudice, equality of races, and of gender. The celebrations have been well-received , judging by the feedback from the high number of attendees, averaging about 800 over the last several years. The event will be held at the Flower Mound High School Auditorium, 3411 Peters Colony Rd, FM.
Admission Fee: one Canned Good per Person. $80 in cash and several boxes of dried goods were sent to the CCA in 2016.
In January 2016, we awarded $4,650.00 in cash prizes to students from 4th-12th grade in three categories of Essay, Art, and Photography, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. The list for 2017 include: the Town of Flower Mound, The City of Lewisville, the Lewisville Independent School District, the Medical Center of Lewisville, Tau Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Davoodi Family Medicine, the Baháis of Flower Mound, Patrick Shovlin, MD, Vernell Gregg, Supercuts of Lewisville-Flower Mound, Minuteman Press of Lewisville-Grapevine, and The Greater Denton County Chapter of the Links, Inc., JoAnn Weaver, Mark Saunders, Joan Parks-Saunders, Brenda Crawford, R.L. Crawford, Jr., Rembert Custom Builders, and Rho Nu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Winning Art and photo entries will be displayed in the City of Lewisville's Exhibit area at MCL Grand Jan 16-Feb 25, 2017, Gallery hours are Tue-Sat 10 AM-5 PM. Thereafter, the art pieces will be on display at the LISD Bolin Center.