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The Comic Book Store Championing Diversity
Day 51: Celebrating Self. Our family is the foundation of our identity. Today, we're inviting your family to think about how you relate to race, diversity, and identity. Check out this video about Ariell Johnson, a comic book enthusiast dedicated to celebrating identity and diversity in her book store.

Ariell notes that, "if you have something you want to see in your community, [her] challenge would be to do the work to see if it's something that you can do." Our communities are our families united, working together to show pride in who we are and taking care of each other.
Let's Talk
After watching the video about Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse , use the questions below to kick-start a great conversation with your family:

  • What stood out to you about Ariell's comic book shop?

  • Like Ariell, how can you be proud of who you are and celebrate others?

  • Connecting with others and sharing our stories is a powerful way to break down barriers. How do you get to know others and allow others to get to know all of you?

  • Bonus! Do you know your history? Research what has happened throughout history to people like you.
Do Something
 Identity Chart
Map it out! All of us have a role to play in creating strong and antiracist communities.
When we use labels like race, age and gender to define ourselves and others we make a lot of assumptions. Sometimes our beliefs about these labels are so strong that they prevent us from seeing the unique identities of others and can even result in hatred. When we are able build real connections, we appreciate others and begin to understand our own biases.

“Who am I?” is a big question. We invite each member of your family to use this template to create an identity chart to explore how you define yourself and the ways in which you are defined by others. What assumptions do people make about you? When do you feel misunderstood? What makes you unique? Where do you shine? Share and discuss your chart with your family members.
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Pandemic of Love
Give or Get. Our communities thrive when families help families, when we help each other through hardship and work together. The Pandemic of Love is an organization matching Chicago area families one-on-one to help families in need receive basic life necessities like food and clothing.

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