Race in America

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Julius Lester is asking kids to imagine where we’d be if we could take our skin off to get down the same hard bones of what it means to be human. Lester says he’s not arguing for a colorblind society. Instead, he wants to make race one part of the story — not the story. And Julius Lester knows a lot about storytelling. He’s spent most of his life writing stories for adults about his own experiences in the civil rights movements and his conversion to Judaism, as well as stories for kids that ask them to imagine what it was like to be a slave, and learn from an old trickster like Brer Rabbit.


Julius Lester, author of new children’s book “Let’s Talk about Race.”