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DR. MARCELLA RUNELL HALL

Medium.com  |  By Marcella Runell Hall & Rani Varghese  |  An Open Letter regarding the CNN Sesame Street Town Hall on Racism

"We have so much love and respect for the many ways Sesame Street has led in areas of diversity and inclusion, and we appreciate that CNN is using its platform to educate children and parents across this country about these complex issues. Which is why in the spirit of love and dialogue, we are writing this open letter. We hope if you do a follow up Town Hall on this very important topic, you might take this feedback into consideration."

EmbraceRace.org  |  Raising Multiracial Children, Part 1: Examining Multiracial Identity

"Roughly one in seven U.S. infants (14%) are multiracial or multiethnic (Pew, 2017), but what does it mean to be multiracial? It’s complicated! In Part 1 in this conversation about raising multiracial kids we speak with our guests  - Drs. Victoria Malaney Brown, Marcella Runell Hall and Kelly Faye Jackson - about some of the complexities of identifying with more than one race, and about the pivotal role families play in shaping how multiracial children come to understand themselves and the world around them."

EmbraceRace.org  |  Raising Multiracial Children, Part 2: Anti-Blackness in Multiracial Families

"In Part 2 of this conversation about raising multiracial kids, our guests  - Drs. Victoria Malaney Brown, Marcella Runell Hall and Kelly Faye Jackson - return to discuss anti-Blackness and how anti-Black messaging shows up in multiracial families (including non-Black families). Referencing recent examples from social media, our guests breakdown three common myths that perpetuate anti-Blackness within multiracial families, and describe how these myths negatively impact the identity development of multiracial Black children specifically."

 
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DREAMLAND, STORYTIME WITH AALIYAH

Town Reminder  |  ARTICLE  |  10-year-old named one of Top 50 Kids of the Year by Time Magazine and Nickelodeon

"In today’s world, there’s no such thing as being too young to inspire those around you. During the COVID-19 pandemic, 10-year old South Hadley resident Aaliyah Hall has done just that and more."

Drew Barrymore Show  |  VIDEO  |  Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James Celebrate Black Boys and Girls with I Am Every Good Thing

See Aaliyah & father Dave at 3min 50 seconds | "Drew speaks to I Am Every Good Thing author Derrick Barnes and illustrator Gordon C. James about their children's books that counter stereotypes and push relatable message of empowerment to kids everywhere, plus Drew gets a surprise."

Mass Appeal WWLP  |  VIDEO  |  South Hadley girl hosts “Dreamland with Aaliyah, ” a virtual story hour

"A nine-year-old girl from South Hadley decided to create her own virtual story hour to bring joy to local families. 'Dreamland with Aaliyah' is the name of the story hour and its creator and host, Aaliyah Hall, joined us with her mom, Marcella."

CT Live  |  VIDEO  |  South Hadley girl gives back to her community

"10-year-old Aaliyah Hall from South Hadley, MA created a nightly virtual story time to talk to other kids about current issues."

22News WWLP  |  VIDEO  |Local child reads to families in live stream,’Dreamland with Aaliyah’

"Nine-year-old Aaliyah has been hosting live bed-time stories to spread the joy of reading and family time. Live from ‘Sister, Sister Studios‘ in South Hadley, ‘Dreamland with Aaliyah’ has been streaming every night with one mission: to inspire hope."

 

I created new conversations with family and friends

about many of the topics we covered in our group. I believe that this was the inspiration for creating this group, and over five short weeks we all gained tools and different strategies for raising our children to know better and to do better.

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