By Kinota Braithwaite, Anti-Racism and Anti-Bullying Youth Speaker
I want to share the amazing story of my grandmother, Rella Aylestock Braithwaite, who inspired me deeply.
My grandmother was an amazing person. She realised that words could change lives and perspectives. It all began when her son came home from school feeling unsure about his racial identity and he said to her that there were no Black Heroes. This moment ignited her passion for change.
She channeled her energy into writing, focusing on the history of Black Canadians and their struggle for civil rights. Her books Some Black Men in Canada and Some Black Women in Canada opened up discussions, broke stereotypes, and celebrated community strength. Her legacy inspires us to this day.
Following Her Lead: Becoming an Advocate
As her grandson, her legacy has guided my own path of activism. My journey started when I saw my daughter facing racial bullying at her Japanese elementary school. This showed me the power of words to make a difference.
Inspired by my grandmother's strength to create change through the written word, I became an children's book author and an advocate against racism and bullying. I wrote books like "Mio The Beautiful,"Kei The True Friend," and "Mio's Wish." My goal is to spread the idea that every child is special and should be accepted for who they are.
Looking at my journey alongside my amazing grandmother's, I see how powerful words are and how her legacy still guides us. Her spirit drives me to use my voice for change and create a better world for all of us.
Let's Start a Dialogue:
Principals and Teachers, I extend a heartfelt invitation to engage in open conversations. Together, let's address concerns, exchange ideas, and craft experiences that transcend. Let's embark on a journey to enrich minds and create a lasting positive impact on the lives of students.
A Vision for a World Free of Racism and Bullying
You're welcome to connect with me at www.learnwithkinota.com