Our Story

In the fall of 2017, Megan and Christina had children attending the same Chicago preschool. As an early childhood educator with an expertise in anti-bias education, Megan understood the research, practical application, and urgency of antiracism education with young children. Sensing a profound need in the community, Megan invited a group of parents into her living room for an informal study group she called “How Do We Talk With Our Kids About Race?” Christina was a part of her first group.

After participating in this first group, Christina urged Megan to grow this work into something bigger. And so began the organization, Speak Up. Now “How Do We Talk With Our Kids About Race?” is a full 7-week anti-racism course that can be adapted for both parents and teachers. Speak Up is organizing parents and teachers for racial equity in schools, and working to bring families into the broader movement for racial justice. In just two years, we’ve served around 150 parents and teachers, impacting an estimated 600 children.

I am so grateful for this experience. The Speak Up course helped me grow both as a parent and a human being. I was able to explore my own biases and overcome my fears about saying the wrong thing or using language that could offend someone. As a white parent of white children, I feel more confident in having these important conversations about race with my children. The workshop offered many concrete strategies to answer challenging questions from our kids.
— Karen Young, Peirce Parent