As an educational institution, it always has and will be our mission to support families. We stand with all black children and families. We will continue to support the black community, uplift the black community, and most importantly listen and learn. KidsQuest Children’s Museum is looking to our community, partners, and beyond to bring you resources and tools that can help start the conversation about systemic racism in our country. We will continue to do so to be one part of your learning journey.

Martin Luther King Day 2023

2023 Martin Luther King Jr Day March and Rally
Monday, January 16, 10am-4pm

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at NAAM

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Monday, January 16, 11am

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KidsQuest will be open for safe play and family togetherness on Monday, January 16, 9:30am-5pm.

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Knowledge is Power

National Museum of African American History & Culture

NW African American Museum

10 tips for teaching and talking about race by EmbraceRace

Raising Race Conscious Children

Children’s Alliance – Talking about Racism and Bias Resources

Book Lists


Book list by the King County Library System


Book list by the King County Library System 

Educate Yourself

Nine Words/Phrases to Help Educate Yourself

Equity vs. Equality:

Equity is the quality of justness and fairness that prioritizes resources, voice, and access to power for those who are most often affected by institutional racism (i.e. POC women, LGBTQ POC). By prioritizing these groups we address the roots of these issues and our other work becomes more effective for every person.

Equality is equal sharing and exact division and does not lead to equal access to opportunity.

Intersectionality: the theory that the overlap of various social identities, as race, gender, sexuality, and class, contributes to the specific type of systemic oppression and discrimination experienced by an individual (often used attributively).

Microagressions: a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority).

Safe Space vs. Brave Space:
Safe Space is a place or environment in which a person or category of people can feel confident that they will not be exposed to discrimination, criticism, harassment, or any other emotional or physical harm.

Brave Space is a space where participants feel comfortable learning, sharing, and growing. A brave space is inclusive to all races, sexes, genders, abilities, immigration status, and lived experiences.

White Fragility: discomfort and defensiveness on the part of a white person when confronted by information about racial inequality and injustice.

Institutional Racism: When institutions, including corporations, governments, universities, and social services discriminate either deliberately or indirectly, against certain groups of people to limit their rights.

Emotional Labor: The process of managing feelings and expressions to fulfill the emotional requirements of a job. More specifically, workers are expected to regulate their emotions during interactions with customers, co-workers and superiors.

Internalized Oppression:
Internalized Racial Inferiority: The acceptance of and acting out of an inferior definition of self, given by the oppressor, is rooted in the historical designation of one’s race. Over many generations, this process of disempowerment and disenfranchisement expresses itself in self-defeating behaviors.

Internalized Racial Superiority: The acceptance of and acting out of a superior definition is rooted in the historical designation of one’s race. Over many generations, this process of empowerment and access expresses itself as unearned privileges, access to institutional power and invisible advantages based upon race.

Gatekeeping: Controlling the flow of resources, such as human services, financial and informational. Speaking for and/or interpreting for a community (internal or external). Placing value on or devaluing that community (internal or external).


Celebrate Diverse Books – Love of Learning

How White Parents Can Talk To Their Kids About Race – NPR

Talking Race With Young Children – NPR

A Black Mother Reflects On Giving Her 3 Sons ‘The Talk’ … Again And Again – NPR


Systemic Racism Explained

Understanding My Privilege | Sue Borrego

Toy Lists

Handmade Dolls