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How white parents are addressing racism – by reading to their children

Laura Horwitz (l.) and Adelaide Lancaster founded the nonprofit We Stories in 2015. The group, which has enrolled more than 550 families and has hundreds more on a waiting list, works to expand, in particular, white parents’ understanding of race and racism through children's books. Source: Christa Case Bryant/The Christian Science Monitor

Erin Brennan was reading “Ron’s Big Mission” out loud when her 5-year-old daughter stopped her.

They were learning about how astronaut Ron McNair, who grew up black in Jim Crow times, would go to the library to read about flight and space – but was never allowed to check out books.

How was it possible for someone to be denied getting their own library card, Ms. Brennan’s daughter wanted to know. “Books are for everyone!” she declared.

More than 550 white families have been having such conversations through We Stories, a nonprofit started in 2015 by two white moms in the suburbs of St. Louis. In

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