About Our Programs
Everybody in St. Louis understands that racial inequity is a huge challenge for our region today, and most people want to see a racially equitable future. But most White families have been standing on the sidelines, because they don’t know what they can do, or they’ve been led to believe it’s not their work to do. Yet people of color can’t do this work alone. If our region is ever going to achieve racial equity, a critical mass of White people need to be invested in it, too.
That’s why We Stories engages White families. We focus on families because we came to this challenge first as parents, wrestling with the questions of not only How do I talk to my kids about what is happening in St. Louis right now?, but also What can I do to change things so my kids don’t grow up in a divided, inequitable city?
Becoming a parent is life-changing. It forces us to re-examine our own upbringing, challenges us to see through a new lens things we’ve long taken for granted, and encourages us to do and to be better. In this historical moment, more and more White parents in St. Louis are asking how they can be part of the solution.
We Stories uses diverse children’s books to help these parents start and strengthen family conversations about race and racism, and connects those parents to parents like them who are navigating these conversations too. This support network empowers these parents to act and to advocate for racial equity across the region. We Stories families are speaking up and making change in their homes, their schools, their communities, and across the region.