Ethnic identity is important because it’s part of an individual’s self-concept develops from knowledge of membership in a cultural group and the value or emotional significance attached to that membership. For children it’s important that their parents place value on their own unique ethnic group membership. The relationship between conceptualization of self, ethnic identity and acculturation is critical for children to development.
Here are some resources to encourage a positive ethnic identity for children of color. Most are global resources, however I have added some local Dallas area resources since that is where I live and practice.
Please let me know if you have additional ethnic identity resources and I will add them to this blog post.
Mocha Moms is an online support group for stay-at-home mothers of color who have chosen not to work full-time outside of the home in order to devote more time to their families. Their web site can be used as a resource for current members, prospective members or anyone interested in stay-at-home parenting, child rearing and related topics.
Little Bill created by Billy Cosby, Little Bill is based on Cosby’s popular book series and is developed through research and in consultation with a panel of educational consultants. Little Bill is designed to help kids celebrate their everyday experiences and the people who share them.
Little Bill also shows kids that what they do makes a difference in the world. By dealing with conflicts in everyday life, the program encourages children to value the love of their family, to increase self-esteem, and to develop social skills.
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales For Every Child
“Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales For Every Child” is a series which retells the world’s most famous fairy tales with a cast of animated characters from many ethnic backgrounds. For the first time ever, children of different races will find themselves represented as the royalty, fairies, and folk of the fairy tale world.
The charm and mystery of the original tales are enhanced by this diverse spectrum of cultures. As the title suggests, these are truly fairy tales for every child.
Up, Up and Away movie – Life’s not easy for super-powered teenagers trying to get along in a world that doesn’t understand them. But life is even harder for teens who don’t have superpowers, especially when their parents do. In Disney’s Up, Up and Away, Scott Marshall (Pagan) is the sole “normal” in his super-powered family. His dad is a mild-mannered orthodontist who fights crime as Bronze Eagle. His mother is a similarly mild-mannered businesswoman who takes on the bad guys as Warrior Woman. His older brother Adam rounds out their crime-fighting trio with super speed and electrical powers. Even his little sister, a budding pyromaniac, can shoot laser beams out of her eyes.
Jump In! is the 69th Disney Channel Original Movie that premiered on January 12, 2007. The movie, starring Corbin Bleu from High School Musical and Keke Palmer from Akeelah and the Bee, revolves around a young boxer, Izzy Daniels (Corbin Bleu), who trains to follow in his father’s footsteps by winning the Golden Glove. When his friend, Mary (Keke Palmer), however, asks him to substitute for a team member in a Double Dutch tournament, the young .
Lil’ Bits – when it comes to quality content for Black Children there is always room for more! At the heart of this web site is the Lil’ Bit’s – African American Children’s Book series, but its content also includes fun online activities for Black Children, and useful resources for Black parents. Lil’ Bits is one of many projects by LaShanda Henry, founder of Multiple Shades of You Online, an eCommunity designed for diverse audiences.
Movies – Videos – Books
Movies and books that provide a positive message, lots of black characters, especially show black children being brave and smart vs. dancing, singing and enjoin life to the fullest.
- Akeelah & The Bee
- Fat Albert the movie
- Our Friend Martin
- Raising Black Boys by Jawanza Kunjufu
South Dallas Cultural Center
The South Dallas Cultural Center is an Afrocentric center that provides instruction and enrichment in the performing, literary, media, and visual arts. The program emphasizes the African contribution to world culture.
DallasBlack.com – Your Internet connection to the Dallas black community