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National Day of Acceptance – January 20

POSTED BY prbythebook ON January 19, 2018

National Day of Acceptance is a time for the community to gather, support, and raise awareness for those with physical and social disabilities. It’s a time for us to stand unified and show our society that, not only is everyone equal, but that we all deserve to be accepted in a community that means home to us. Whether that be school, work, or even the yoga studio down the street, no one deserves to get left behind. However, this is an age-old issue that people, especially those within schools, continue to face to this day.

A great way to begin to overcome this problem is through educating the new generations and well as their parents so that the community begins to become a safe place for us and our peers. Our author, Leah Harper Bowron, and her book, Colorblind: A Novel, does just that. It tells the story of Lisa, a 6th grade girl who dealt with bullies and racism in the 1960s. Fifty years later, the issue of bullying is still in the forefront of the news and in parent conversations (think Big Little Lies) every day. With the rapid rate that social media has kicked off, our kids and potentially our peers are dealing with the issue of bullying at school, on the playground, and especially on online.

In response to the latter, we have developed a new online quiz (because who doesn’t love online quizzes?): “What Kind of Friend are You? Take the Colorblind Quiz!” which is a great opportunity for discussion between parents and kids. The quiz has 10 questions, each with 5 multiple choice answers. The results will tell each quiz taker which category of friend they fall into (Everyone’s Buddy, True Blue, Sidelines Observer, Loner, and Bully), their strengths, their weaknesses and how to be a better friend. The results also reveal which character in Colorblind they are most like. It’s a lot of fun and has a positive message for each person who takes it. It can be taken in 30 seconds!    

Take the quiz yourself and please share!:  http://bit.ly/2AKWWOw

#Bully/BestieQuiz #teensfortolerance #ColorblindQuiz

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Learn more about our author and her book Colorblind: A Novel below.

ABOUT COLORBLIND

Schoolyard bullies teased sixth grader Lisa Parker because of the way her nose looked. Lisa would often develop a stomachache and check out of school to escape the bullies. Until sixth grade teacher Miss Annie Loomis came to Wyatt. Miss Loomis just happened to be the first African American at Wyatt, and Lisa loved her English class. Now, when the bullies teased Lisa, she would stay in school so that she could be in Miss Loomis’ class. Yet something terrible happened that would change Lisa and Miss Loomis forever. Racism reared its ugly head at Wyatt, and now Lisa was not the only victim of the bullies’ teasing. Would Miss Loomis endure the bullies’ racist taunts?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leah Harper Bowron is a lawyer and James Joyce scholar from Birmingham, Alabama. She has studied at Randolph-Macon Women’s College, University of Alabama and University of Edinburgh, and earned her M.A. at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and her J.D. at University of Alabama School of Law. Her article “Coming of Age in Alabama: Ex parte Devine Abolishes the Tender Years Presumption” was published in the Alabama Law Review. She recently lectured on Joyce’s novel Ulysses at the University of London and the Universite de Reims. She lives in Dothan, Alabama.

 

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