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I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other. — Harriet Tubman, escaped slave and conductor on the Underground Railroad
IN TODAY'S SESSION... we learned about the second Unitarian Universalist Source, expressed in children's language as "The women and men of long ago and today whose lives remind us to be kind and fair." We played the game Follow the Leader and considered what makes a good leader and what we can do when a leader encourages us to make bad choices. We learned the song "Follow the Drinking Gourd," a code song slaves in the United States used to communicate secret messages about escape attempts. We heard the story of Harriet Tubman, an escaped slave who returned to the South repeatedly to lead more than 1,000 slaves to freedom, and thought about ways love calls us to take courageous action. We used role plays to practice ways we can respond when we witness unfairness and unkindness.
EXPLORE THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Talk about... rules and what you can do when they are unfair. Share your own examples of times when you thought rules were unfair and how you responded. Ask your child about times when they have experienced unfair rules. Talk together about ways to help change unfair rules, such as writing a letter, signing a petition, or meeting to discuss it with the appropriate people in authority. Be willing to reconsider family rules; look for an opportunity to involve your child in establishing rules everyone agrees are fair while maintaining emotional and physical safety and health.
EXTEND THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Try...
A Family Adventure. The United States and Canada have many tours, museums, and programs dedicated to the Underground Railroad. Locate one near you on the U.S. National Park Service website, which hosts the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Listings.. Find out about a cross-border experience offered in Western New York and Ontario or try a brief Underground Railroad simulation on the National Geographic website.
Family Discovery. Research U.S. slavery and the abolition movement. There are many good children's books about the Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman. Learn about escaped slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Read a Tapestry of Faith story about the dramatic escape of Ellen and William Craft in the 1850s. Find out together about the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and President Abraham Lincoln. The American Girl Addy book series uses historical fiction to detail the life of a slave girl who escapes to freedom and experiences challenges in her new life in the North.
A Family Game. Pressman Toys manufactures "The Underground Railroad Game," a teaching board game.