By Kinota Braithwaite, Anti-Racism and Anti-Bullying Youth Speaker
My journey as a speaker has taken me to remarkable places and allowed me to speak to diverse audiences, from financial institutions like Morgan Stanley to esteemed institutions like the University of Tokyo, Hokkaido University, The University of Tsukuba and I even presented at the US Embassy Compound in Tokyo. *check out the review from University of Tokyo here
I've also had the privilege of presenting at venues like the Tokyo American Club and the Jewish Community Center in Tokyo, and I've been featured on international news platforms like DW News and Toyokezai.
The most important presentation of my career wasn't at some grand corporate event or a prestigious Japanese university. It was right at my daughter's school, a small local Japanese elementary school in Kanagawa-ken, Japan.
The topic was one that needed attention – I was there to explain to the children in my daughter's class why my daughter's skin color was different from theirs, why bullying her because of her skin color was wrong and to teach the children in her class to be kinder towards one other.
There I stood before a room full of young children and shared a simple yet powerful message: "You are all beautiful children, and no one should be made fun of for looking or being different." It was a heartfelt plea from a father and educator to instill a sense of empathy and understanding in these young hearts.
After the presentation, something really incredible happened. One of the boys who had been involved in bullying my daughter approached me. He looked me in the eyes and said, "Mr. Kinota, that was a very good presentation. I am very sorry for what we said to Mio about her skin color, and please come back to our school at any time."
My journey as a speaker has taken me to impressive heights, but remember dear reader, it is not about me, it is about the children that I am trying to help and I'll always cherish that humble beginning at my daughter's school. It was a reminder that change starts with a single step, a single conversation towards positive change.
Addressing the issue of bullying and promoting diversity and acceptance is a cause that remains close to my heart. It's a journey that began with a presentation at my daughters school and continues with my commitment to making the world a more accepting place, with one child at a time.
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