Lucretia Berry is the founder of Brownicity: The Art & Beauty of Living & Loving Beyond Race (brownicity.com), a family-focused, grass roots initiative dedicated to advocacy, education and support for racial healing and antiracism. She is a wife to Nathan, mother of three little girls, and former college professor who is passionate about helping people overcome boundaries through spiritual and social consciousness. Lucretia authored, What LIES Between Us: Fostering First Steps Towards Racial Healing Journal & Guide, designed specifically for ‘beginners’ to race conversations. The work she has done through her What LIES Between US classes and the ‘fun-shops’ she designed to help adults navigate skin tone and race conversations with children has earned Lucretia the reputation of being a ‘life-giving’ and ‘grace-filled’ facilitator.
Lucretia earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, and MA in English from Iowa State University, and her BA from South Carolina State University.
Learn more about Lucretia’s Talk…
Title: Children will light up the world if we don’t keep them in the dark
Description: I share a few real life instances where people exhibit how horrible we are as a society at talking with children about race and skin tone. We’ve even resorted to promoting blindness — ‘colorblindess’ — that is, to avoid the complexities and nuances of the conversation. I then share insights from current research and my perspective and experience on how we can do better, much much better.
What would the news headline about your talk? WHY ARE WE SO BAD at talking to kids about skin tone and race?
What do you want people to learn from your talk? Children do see differences in skin tone. We don’t have to irresponsibly silence them with the ‘colorblind approach.’ When we responsibly normalize conscious conversations about skin tone and race, we empower them to be competent, comfortable, and courageous as they navigate our hyper-racialized society and seek ways to bring healing and change.
What action items do you want people to take away from your talk? Connect to current research, literature and other resources that will support their learning and growth. Follow my lead.
Learn more about Lucretia…
Where is your hometown? Winston-Salem, NC
What are your hobbies? Writing and creating for Brownicity.com, and dancing
What are you passionate about? Collective creativity: unity
What is the best compliment you’ve received? ‘You’re my favorite person in the world,’ when spoken by Nathan Berry
What do you want to be remembered for? Being a creative and visionary
How do you push the boundaries? What boundaries?…No one told me there were boundaries!
What does your happy place look like? green, calm and 80 degrees
What is one thing that you would like to share that isn’t commonly known about you? I’m an empath
Thoughts on Charlotte…
What part of town do you live in? Just over the north CLT border in Huntersville
What draws you to Charlotte? Destiny
Where do you see Charlotte in 5 years? Leading the nation as the city whose citizens creatively build social capital.
Our most important question…
What animal will most likely be our future overlords? Dogs…for many Americans, they already are.