Racial Literacy: Teens & Textbook
In high school, we published a 224-page racial literacy textbook funded by Princeton University's Department of African American Studies and currently impacting students in over 30 states.
But racial literacy shouldn’t stop outside the classroom.
Instead, we envision a culture where every person’s story and act matters, where people can refocus their work toward justice no matter wht background or profession they have, no matter who they are.
So The Race Index was born: our next book. From last July 2017 to this February 2018, we’ve been traveling to all 50 states during our gap year before college, collecting stories from ordinary people—as well as research—about race, culture, and intersectionality. The book is scheduled to be released in fall 2018.
We hope to give a platform to unheard voices around the country, to tell youth of color like ourselves and adults alike that their stories matter. We believe that publishing hundreds of them in one collection, accessible to everyone but especially for educators, is one of the most effective ways to transform minds and hearts everywhere in the United States.
It's up to us to raise the funds for this project and keep it alive as we enter college this Fall (and beyond). For more information about what we've been up to, continue reading below :)
Each contribution truly enables our work—we're so grateful for all donations. Thank you so much for believing in us and our mission!
Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi
More background on CHOOSE:
The Classroom Index has been recognized by Princeton University's Prize in Race Relations, featured in Teen Vogue , the Philadelphia Inquirer , & the Huffington Post, and called a “social innovation more necessary than the iPhone” by Princeton Professor Ruha Benjamin.
Sponsored by Airbnb, Greyhound, and Princeton University’s Department of African American Studies (among others), Priya and Winona are currently on a gap year dedicated to CHOOSE before attending Princeton University and Harvard University (respectively). They’ve spoken at TEDWomen 2017 , GoPro, and over a dozen K-12 schools nationwide along the way. Follow their journey on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook by searching @princetonchoose.
Other Grants and recognitions: Princeton University Department of African American Studies, the Princeton Education Foundation Teacher Mini-Grant, Princeton Prize in Race Relations, Not in Our Town Unity Award, Joint Effort Safe Streets Witherspoon-Jackson Community Youth to Watch Award, Congressional Gold Medal, the President's Volunteer Service Award, and the Harnisch Foundation among others
The Classroom Index.
Some of the people we've met so far on our trip to all 50 states. Their stories will be featured in the next book.
Some of our team members and advisors!
You all were such an important part of making this book happen, so we'd love to gift you with a copy. If you can, please complete the form by THIS FRIDAY.
We need YOUR HELP to spread the word. Below's a sample photo & tweets/captions to use, or links to our own posts for reposting. Join us in this national call for a shared culture of racial and intersectional literacy. Thank you for being an important part of our journey. Thank you for all the advocacy you already do, and thank you in advance for what’s to come.
Priya & Winona
*“I believe that every American should be equipped with racial literacy. That’s why I support the two @choose_org teens who traveled to all 50 states, gathering hundreds of interviews and pairing them to systematic research, for this book #TellMeWhoYouAre (bit.ly/tellmewhobook).”
*“These two @choose_org teens traveled to all 50 states, interviewing strangers about race. Their book, #TellMeWhoYouAre (bit.ly/tellmewhobook), is out today. It’s powerful. It’s necessary. We can all do better about race, and this is the place to start.”
You all truly enabled our journey, and we'd love to ship you a free copy of Tell Me Who You Are as a sign of our gratitude. If you're interested, please fill out this google form as soon as possible! Link to form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hW9ZAo24wBdW8Rv74y6f_Cgg6CehPMnSh31S4K8bxZs/edit
Thank you, and more coming soon!
Priya & Winona
In other news, our book is coming out in NINE DAYS (ahhhh) on June 4th!! More updates for you all coming soon :) Thank you so much for supporting us from the beginning—we're now in the final stretch! Get excited!!
Lots of love and gratitude,
What a joyous talk—honest, thoughtful, and true to heart and soul! ! I'm so proud to know these two amazing young women and to read their books and pass them along to others! Heart Stories are where we can really meet each other!