Don’t fight me folks! I know you have been waiting anxiously for these flash cards, and I know that I’ve been a slacker. I’ll take the time out, ok. Just don’t stop loving me! You guys are the absolute best. Keeping you hanging isn’t the most awesome-est thing I’ve ever done. If I told you that I have been hanging on by a thread, would you grant me just a bit of reprieve? Pretty please? Things have been a bit strenuous around these parts, but day by day I’ve getting my shine back. What’s the deal you ask? I’ll be sure to fill you all the way in during my next podcast. What? You didn’t know that I had a podcast? Stop it! Come on y’all? Where’s the love? Of course I have a podcast! You should check it out. Especially if you want to know why I’ve been off the radar for the past month and how I’m coming out stronger and more resilient on the other side. Here it is! Mama’s Ninnie Milk Life & Times Podcast
I came up with these flash cards one morning after I woke from a dream ( y’all know how seriously I take my dreams). My older boys learned about fighting the good fight once they hit the double digits. I always felt that they were too young and fragile to teach them early on about social justice, civil rights, and the historically disproportionate outcomes and treatment of Black and Brown people in this country. Baaaaby, was I WRONG! I should have started planting those seeds from as early on as they could walk and talk. They’ve become fist pumping, socially conscious young men, but the deprogramming has been a turbulent course.
With the babies (I know at 3 and 4 years old they are not babies but please, let me live) my husband and I decided that teaching them early was the best way to prepare for life as melanated human beings in this world. We wanted to let them know who the fighters were, what they stood for, how their actions and words helped and are still helping us today. We want them to know that the people who came before them paved a way for them that can not be dismissed, downgraded, white-washed, or coated in White tears and BS (the most rank kind). The youngest of our tribe will know that they should be proud of who they are, where they come from, and EVERY OUNCE OF MELANIN THAT RUNS THROUGH THEM! My children’s souls are bathed in the richness of African soil, the tears and blood of their fierce warrior ancestors who didn’t go out without a fight, and the prayers of a believing people who NEVER allowed their oppressor to break them! Oh yes! My young son and daughter will know the strength of what it means to be Black in this country, in this world!
So, here we arrive. These flash cards are to use as a tool to help you teach your children all about the revolution, and to make revolutionaries out of them! The excitement in my babies eyes…oh! What can I say? It warms my heart to be able to give them tidbits of our history in a warm and inviting form that keep them coming back for more. The cards are FREE and downloadable. Just click the image, print out the file, and laminate them. I use my laminator religiously. You can use them for EVERYTHING and I mean everything! I’d laminate my hand if I thought it would serve a purpose!
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Each card contains a quote from the revolutionary woman pictured. If your littles are as young as mine, they may not understand the quotes yet but read it to them anyway. Them give them a short story about the sister pictured. Something like: “Kathleen was a Black Panther! Not like the animal, but the Black Panthers who carried weapons to protect the people in their neighborhoods from anyone who wanted to harm them. They also created the school lunch program, so hungry children could eat food in school and learn without their bellies hurting.” Follow it up with a quick question, like: “What do you think about being able to eat lunch at school when you’re hungry?” You’ll be amazed at the information little people absorb and how readily they are able to give it back to you in the cutest and most innocent way!
Now some of you have asked about Revolutionary Men. You know I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t already have on in the works. They’ll be coming up shortly! Be sure to subscribe to know when they are available for download.
Until next time peeps…