Sunday, 24 March 2013

It's Not Always Black and White

I was really moved by Dr John Reed’s book ‘It’s Not Always Black and White’ in which he tells his story of being caught between two worlds.  Born to a White German mother and a Black American father in the late 1950’s, John experienced challenges which many Mixed Race children face today.  He was forced to cope with the separation of his parents and their lack of attachment to him, together with a multitude of other difficulties which were thrown into his pot of oppression.  The good news story, however, is that he was resilient and managed to grow and develop into a strong and insightful man.  I feel that this book will be an ideal resource for schools and care agencies as it can be used to support the development of positive identities and build self-esteem amongst Mixed Race children. It will also help support adults, young people and those who work with them understand the difficulties that some Mixed Race children face in today’s society.  

This is a link to John's Website :It's Not Always Black and White


Saturday, 16 March 2013

Flippish? What are you?

I've added a new book by Leslie Ryan called I am Flippish.  The Grandchildren really enjoyed it.  They are Jamish (well mostly!)

Sean is excited because today is his dad’s turn to help out at school! But when Sean’s classmates start asking questions about why Sean and his dad look different from each other, Sean starts to wonder too. With the help of their teacher, the students learn a few things about diversity, family and where we really came from. And along the way, Sean teaches his friends just how wonderful it is to be different!

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Appeal for mixed-race donors
42 year  Sonia Akow from Earl's Court is dying from leukaemia. She was diagnosed with the disease in November and now urgently needs a bone marrow transplant to save her life. But because of her rich ethnic heritage, her chances of finding a life-saving bone marrow donor are only one in 100,000.  If she were white British, it would be 1 in 4.

For a bone marrow donation to be successful, it must come from someone with the same ethnic origin as the patient.
But Sonia's ethnicity is a combination of White (UK), Chinese, Black (Caribbean) and Indian - so her chances of finding a donor are dramatically lower than they might be otherwise.
She's now appealing directly to members of Britain's BME (Black Minority Ethnic) community for help - urging them to sign up to the Bone Marrow Registry.
Working with the ACLT, a charity dedicated to promoting bone marrow and blood donation, she has been holding a registration drive across London: This is the next date.
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