Although our Sister Barbara died a few years ago, her legacy will live on forever. She was a teacher in Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement, and she was determined to gain equal treatment for her African American students.
This is a different time, thanks in part to Catholic Sisters who have always worked behind the scenes for what is right. So we had to explain a little.
First, who is African American? We talked about that, pointing out that Alisha is African American. Then we talked about everyone’s skin color. Mine is tan! Mine’s tanner! Mine is … what’s mine? Oh, kind of brownish!
We talked about whether color matters. We are all friends of Jesus. We all have hands and feet and eyes and can laugh.
After all the Catholic Sister stories we’ve read, a light bulb went on and one of the kids said, Hey, Sister Stefanie, you’re a Sister!
I said, Yes, I am. Another child said, Who do YOU help? Another student answered for me. She said, Preschoolers!
I think they’ve got it!!! 🙂