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Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. Register here.

Charis welcomes Tiffany Jewell in conversation with contributors Torrey Maldonado, Roberto Germán, Gayatri Sethi, and Joanna Ho for a discussion of Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Book Is Anti-Racist and The Antiracist Kid, Tiffany Jewell, this YA nonfiction book, highlighting inequities Black and Brown students face from preschool through college, is the most important, empowering read this year. This event is co-sponsored by Teach for Freedom Collective and Liberation Learning. 

From preschool to higher education and everything in between, Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School focuses on the experiences Black and Brown students face as a direct result of the racism built into schools across the United States.

The overarching nonfiction narrative follows author Tiffany Jewell from early elementary school through her time at college, unpacking the history of systemic racism in the American educational system along the way. Throughout the book, other writers of the global majority share a wide variety of personal narratives and stories based on their own school experiences.

Contributors include New York Times bestseller Joanna Ho; award winners Minh Lê, Randy Ribay, and Torrey Maldonado; authors James Bird and Rebekah Borucki; author-educators Amelia A. Sherwood, Roberto Germán, Liz Kleinrock, Gary R. Gray Jr., Lorena Germán, Patrick Harris II, shea wesley martin, David Ryan Barcega Castro-Harris, Ozy Aloziem, Gayatri Sethi, and Dulce-Marie Flecha; and even a couple of teen writers!

Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School provides young folks with the context to think critically about and chart their own course through their current schooling—and any future schooling they may pursue.

Tiffany Jewell is the Black biracial #1 New York Times bestselling and #1 Indie bestselling author of This Book Is Anti-Racist and The Antiracist Kid. She is a twin sister, first-generation American, cisgender mama, and anti-bias antiracist (ABAR) educator who has been working with children and families for two decades. She lives on the homeland of the Pocumtuc and the Nipmuck with her two young storytellers, husband, a turtle she’s had since she was nine years old, and a small dog with a big personality.

Torrey Maldonado was born and raised in the Red Hook housing projects of Brooklyn, New York. He has been praised by two NYC Chancellors for being a top culturally responsive educator who has taught in Brooklyn public schools for close to thirty years. Maldonado stopped reading in second grade then was forced to repeat the third grade, partially because he felt books hated him so he unplugged from school. As a tween, he realized generations of neighbors and family also hated books for the same reason–books added unnecessary heaviness to their already heavy lives either through heavy page-count or heavily written stories. This results in an annual high school dropout rate of 40 % and more. To combat that, Torrey crafts his books and chapters to be short, fast-paced rollercoasters filled with diverse representation and his compelling stories are inspired by his and his students’ experiences. His popular novels Hands, Tight, and What Lane? are Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selections and Best Books of the Year. What Lane? garnered many starred reviews and was cited by Oprah and the New York Times for being an essential book to discuss racism and allyship; Tight won the Christopher Award, is an ALA Notable Book, and an NPR and Washington Post "Best Book of the Year''; Hands is a 2024 ALA/ALCS Notable Book, Black Caucus ALA Best of the Best Book, Jane Addams Finalist, Nerdy, Best Book of the Year for NY and Chicago Public Libraries, and won starred School Library Journal review and amazing reviews from Horn Book, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly. His very first novel, Secret Saturdays, has been in print for over ten years. Learn more at or connect on social media @torreymaldonado 

Roberto Germán is a Dominican American author, poet and spoken word artist. He is the creator and host of the Our Classroom podcast, in which he explores educational journeys, unpacks books, speaks with authors and thinks about how all of this is connected to education. A graduate of Merrimack College and Boston College, he’s been an educator and school leader for over 15 years. His writing has been featured in Raising Antiracist Children: A Practical Parenting Guide (Hawthorne 2022), Speaking for Ourselves Anthology (2019), Edutopia, and more. His first poetry book Blue Ink Tears (2023) focuses on identity, love, relationships and more. His work is characterized by a passion for supporting young people, prioritizing justice, and a dedication to excellence. Currently, he’s Executive Director of Multicultural Classroom and the host of the Our Classroom Podcast. He lives in Tampa, FL with his wife and three children. 


Gayatri Sethi (PhD) is an educator, writer, and community builder. She teaches and writes about Social Justice, Global Studies, and Comparative Education. She is a learner of decolonization, liberation and abolition. Born in Tanzania and raised in Botswana, she is of Punjabi descent, multilingual, and polycultural. She reflects on these lifelong experiences of identity, immigration, and belonging in her award-winning non-fiction book titled Unbelonging. She is also the co-founder of the Desi KidLit community, an initiative to build solidarity among South Asian diaspora writers for young people. When she is not reading or recommending reads on Instagram as @desibookaunty, she is envisioning traveling, collaborating and gathering in collectives.

Joanna Ho is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Eyes That Kiss in the CornersEyes That Speak to the StarsPlaying at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo MaOne DaySay My Name; and The Silence that Binds Us, which received the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, Young Adult Honor. She has been an English teacher, a dean, a vice principal, and a professional development mastermind. Her passion for equity in books and education is matched only by her love of homemade chocolate chip cookies, outdoor adventures, and dance parties with her kids. Visit her at

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Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School By Tiffany Jewell Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358638315
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Versify - February 27th, 2024

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Book Is Anti-Racist and The Antiracist Kid, Tiffany Jewell, this YA nonfiction book, highlighting inequities Black and Brown students face from preschool through college, is the most important, empowering read this year.

The Antiracist Kid: A Book About Identity, Justice, and Activism By Tiffany Jewell, Nicole Miles (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tiffany Jewell, Nicole Miles (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780063312678
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Versify - September 19th, 2023

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Book Is Anti-Racist, Tiffany Jewell, with art by Eisner-nominated illustrator Nicole Miles, The Antiracist Kid is the essential illustrated guide to antiracism for empowering the young readers in your life!

This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work (Empower the Future #1) By Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tiffany Jewell, Aurelia Durand (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780711245211
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - January 7th, 2020


Recommended by Oprah's Book Club, ESSENCE, We Need Diverse Books, ellentube, Brit + Co, PureWow, Teen Vogue, Time, New York, USA TODAY, and

Also available: This Book Is Anti-Racist Journal, a guided journal with more than 50 activities to support your anti-racism journey

Event Summary: 
This YA nonfiction book, highlighting inequities Black and Brown students face from preschool through college, is the most important, empowering read this year.