The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators stands together with the African-American community in our unequivocal stance against racial inequity and prejudice. We deplore the legacy of tragedy, pain, cruelty, and fear that have resulted from long-standing explicit and implicit racism. We must examine and dismantle racism. Our members create books that will influence what kind of adults children grow up to be and how they see themselves reflected in the world. We want those stories to speak to all children, to tell the truth no matter how difficult it is to face, and to contribute to the message of today––that the time has come to end racial inequity forever. Black Lives Matter. Black Children’s lives matter.
Western Washington is working to launch local (WWA) activities–book clubs, webinars, links to resources–with the express purpose of amplifying the voices of kidlit Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) creators and supporting their work in our region. In this work, we welcome the voices of BIPOC creators on ways our chapter can improve and are ready to act on those suggestions. Our Regional Team will be working as liaisons to April Powers, SCBWI’s new Equity and Inclusion Officer as well.
SCBWI recommends the following resources for learning more about this work: https://www.scbwi.org/black-lives-matter-resources/