We all face challenges in our lives, but tapping into our resiliency - the ability to manage stress and hardship - can help us continue on in difficult situations. For African Americans, fighting racial injustice is an ongoing struggle. In his book The Undefeated, author Kwame Alexander highlights the power of resiliency within the Black community throughout American history. 1. Tap the link to watch and listen to Kwame Alexander read The Undefeated. 2. When you’re done, pause and take a deep breath in then a long exhale out. 3. Can you name the feeling(s) the book left you with? 4. Choose a page in the book that inspires you and read it again. Tap the microphone and tell the class why. 5. Write about a time when you needed to be resilient. What makes you unstoppable?
Student Why Building and strengthening resilience helps children overcome adversity and thrive. Learning about how the continuing struggle for racial justice has impacted and motivated African Americans helps students identify and build their own sense of empathy, purpose, self-esteem and other factors that contribute to resiliency.